To safeguard our Nation's security, the DoD has a long history of supporting STEM initiatives at local, regional and national levels. STEM education enables the U.S. to remain as the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace of the 21st century. By developing world-class STEM talent in science, mathematics, technology and engineering, students advance basic scientific research for current and future generations of young people pursuing careers in STEM fields.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Outreach at the DoD
To safeguard our Nation's security, the DoD has a long history of supporting STEM initiatives at local, regional and national levels. By developing world-class STEM talent and engaging diverse partners, through our collaborative process, DoD will continue to optimize discovery and innovation.
Develop world-class STEM capabilities for the DoD and the Nation
A diverse, world-class STEM talent pool with the creativity and ability to meet national defense needs
Inspire, develop and attract the STEM talent essential to deliver innovative solutions for the Nation's current and future challenges
NLN led to more than 1,700 projects, matched 11,000 teachers and volunteers, and made more than 69,000 connections between volunteers and supporting organizations and resources to help bring discovery-based science experiences to students across the country.
Laboratories, bases, and individuals within DoD put their support behind NLN, and inspired students, teachers, and parents to engage in STEM fields and research.
Building on the success of the inaugural Festival in 2010, the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with school programs and nationwide contests throughout the 2011/2012 school year and a finale Expo in Washington DC on April 27-29, 2012. The Expo is the nation’s largest celebration of all things science & engineering and features over 1500 hands-on activities and over 75 performances. We have exciting new programs including a Book Fair, Featured Science & Engineering Authors and a Career Pavilion!
The DoD STEM Executive Board
The DoD STEM Executive Board was established in July 2011. The Board is chaired by the Honorable Zachary Lemnios, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)). The DoD STEM Executive Board will provide strategic leadership to the Department’s STEM programs to ensure the Department has enduring access to a highly competent technical workforce to support research and development of capabilities in existing and emerging technical areas.
The DoD STEM Executive Board was established in July 2011. The Board is chaired by The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)). The DoD STEM Executive Board will provide strategic leadership to the Department’s STEM programs to ensure the Department has enduring access to a highly competent technical workforce to support research and development of capabilities in existing and emerging technical areas.
The Honorable Zachary J. Lemnios
Chair Mr. Keith Charles
Director, Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) Human Capital Initiatives
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (OUSD(AT&L))
Mr. Timothy J. Clayton
Director, Human Capital Management Office
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSD(I))
Mrs. Katrina McFarland
President, Defense Acquisition University
Dr. Marilyn M. Freeman
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology (DASA(R&T))
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT))
Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder
Chief of Naval Research
Dr. Warren Lockette
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Clinical and Program Policy
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (OASD(HA))
Dr. Stephen H. Walker
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology and Engineering, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition (DASAFA, ST&E)
Mr. Stephen P. Welby
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (DASD(SE))
STEM Development Office
Dr. Laura D. Adolfie, Director
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Development Office focuses on education and outreach to inspire, develop, attract, and retain highly-qualified, diverse, world-class STEM talent to meet the DoD and the Nation's current and future complex scientific and technological challenges.
The STEM Development Office provides leadership for STEM education and outreach at the DoD, and aligns to the imperatives of the DoD Director, Defense Research and Engineering:
Accelerate delivery of technical capabilities to win the current fight
Invest in people and ideas to prepare for an uncertain future
Reduce the cost, acquisition time and risk of our major defense acquisition program
Develop world class science, technology, engineering, and mathematics capabilities for the DoD and the Nation
NDEP's K-12 Programs tap into educational innovation. NDEP has cast a nationwide net in a search for some of the best and most innovative K-12 science and engineering education initiatives in the country.
World-class university researchers and their students
The National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowships (NSSEFF) program provides extensive, long-term financial support to distinguished university faculty and staff scientists and engineers to conduct unclassified, basic research on topics of interest to DoD.