University Ventures Fund plans to host “Reinventing Engineering Education in the 21st Century,” an event to bring together aspiring STEM high school students, current university-enrolled engineers, and recent graduates in the industry, in New York City at General Assembly Monday, October 15, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST.
“Engineering graduate numbers have been flat for decades despite the rapid growth of technology from the iPad to Space Exploration. Just 11 percent of engineers are women, up to 50 percent of engineering students drop out due to problems in rudimentary classes like calculus, and 88 percent of US engineering companies have great difficulty in hiring engineers,” said Peter Enestrom of University Ventures.
Enestrom added, “All these numbers must be changed drastically if America is to sustain its culture of innovation. A series of GA-hosted events will focus on the topic “Re-Inventing Engingeering Education in the 21st Century” and will involve some of New York’s leading innovators in engineering education — from founders of maker spaces to industry leaders — who are making engineering fun, practical, engaging, and creative.”
Panelists include the following:
- Jason Goodman, Founder & CEO of 3rd Ward Brooklyn
- Debra Sterling, Founder & CEO of GoldieBlox
- Max Whitney, NYC Resistor; and
- Daniel Pianko, Partner at University Ventures.
The event will be filmed and broadcast across the Web to share the voices of attendees. Attendees may sign up at reinventingengineering.eventbrite.com. Stay up to date with the group on Facebook and on Twitter with the hashtag #reinventSTEMEd.
General Assembly is a Learn Capital company where Tom Vander Ark is a partner.