Dr. Brewer Says STEM Education and Advanced Manufacturing Initiative Keys to Success for Next-Generation Workforce
May 23, 2014 - St. Louis – Dr. Terry Brewer, Founder and President of Brewer Science, today said the best way to attract students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education, and to keep the best talent in St. Louis, is to make certain the best opportunities for them are located in the region. Dr. Brewer was a special introductory speaker today at a STEM seminar focused on growing innovation in the St. Louis area.
The forum was hosted by the St. Louis Business Journal and featured Dr. Brewer and a panel of experts including Mike Downing, Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development; Kevin Token, Senior Director at BSA Life Structures; Dr. Cheryl B. Schrader, Chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology; and Sharon Frazee, Vice President of Research and Analysis at Express Scripts.
“Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics do not create jobs by themselves,” said Dr. Brewer. “Industry and manufacturing that require these skills do. If you want to attract students to STEM and keep the best talent in the St. Louis area, make sure the best opportunities for them are located here. Businesses must also supply young people with real-world experience and mentorship that demonstrate the possibilities offered by STEM-related fields. We must also show students the world-changing possibilities that await them if they choose to pursue a STEM-based program. Too often the importance of inspiring young people is lost in the rhetoric about STEM education.”
Dr. Brewer also talked about the importance of creating a much-needed Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NMI). These hubs would be created with passage of the bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (S. 1468/H.R. 2996), championed by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in the Senate and by Reps. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) in the House.
“This legislation would help bolster STEM programs with education and training for students in advanced manufacturing, helping meet demand for the highly skilled workforce America needs to remain competitive,” Dr. Brewer said.
About Brewer Science
Brewer Science is a global technology leader in developing and manufacturing innovative materials, processes, and equipment for the reliable fabrication of cutting-edge microdevices used in electronics such as tablet computers, smartphones, digital cameras, televisions, and LED lighting. Since 1981, when its ARC® materials revolutionized lithography processes, Brewer Science has expanded its technology to include products enabling advanced lithography, thin wafer handling, 3-D integration, and chemical and mechanical device protection and products based on carbon nanotubes and nanotechnology. On May 5, 2014, Brewer Science unveiled its new high-volume manufacturing facility at the Rolla National Airport. This expansion will accommodate product demand growth and demonstrates the company’s commitment to continuous improvement. With its headquarters in Rolla, Missouri, Brewer Science supports its worldwide customers through a service and distribution network in North America, Europe, and Asia.
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