NASA Administrator Charles Bolden gives keynote remarks at the NASA Education Stakeholders' Summit One Stop Shopping Initiative at the Westfields Marriott Conference Center in Chantilly, VA. Image Credit: NASANASA is hosting a three-day Education Stakeholders Summit for government, industry and academia leaders focused on streamlining the process of drawing talented college students into careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM. The Summit, themed "An Innovative Solution to Support the STEM Workforce of Tomorrow," is being held at the Marriott Westfields Conference Center in Chantilly, Virginia. It began on Monday and concludes September 15.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is joined on the panel from left to right by Leland Melvin; William Kelly; Michael Lach; Cora Marrett; and James Stofan. Image Credit: NASADuring the kickoff of the Summit, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden addressed an audience of over 200 education professionals and gave his personal endorsement of this collaborative effort to build the STEM pipeline and future workforce. "STEM education is a critical concern for NASA. We absolutely cannot do what we need to do without a skilled workforce, and we are not going to get a skilled workforce without a solid investment in STEM education," he noted.
Leland Melvin, Education Design Team Co-Chair and NASA Astronaut, speaks at the NASA Education Stakeholders' Summit One Stop Shopping Initiative. Image Credit: NASAA second panel, made up of current NASA student interns and fellows, addressed the attendees and shared their personal experiences of being part of the NASA team through various internships and fellowships. Stofan commented, "The depth and breadth of the students' accomplishments and contributions showcased the profound impact that these experiences can have in a student's career and what a benefit they can be to NASA."