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Dr. John Gates, Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, at center. At left is panel moderator Stephanie Yingling, LMI, Organizational and Human Capital Solutions; at right is Garry Shields, Director, Disruptive Technologies Laboratory, United States Navy.


A successful future for national security relies on fostering diversity in STEM education, concluded a panel of experts at the LMI Research Institute (LRI) 2017 Government-University Forum, Creating Connections. Driving Innovation.

The panel, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Education: National Security and Global Competitiveness, included Dr. John Fitzgerald Gates, Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and a longtime CCALS partner, as well as Garry E. Shields, Director, Disruptive Technologies Laboratory, United States Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command, Warfare Center, Carderock Division, and Dr. Kim W. Barnette, Chief Operating Officer, Delta Decisions of DC, LLC .

Global competitiveness in national security is in large part a diversity issue, Dr. Gates said: “The differential between black and white academic achievements is very important. America will be majority minority in 25 years. If we don’t prepare our workforce today, we won’t be able to succeed tomorrow.”

Keys to success include early exposure of children and the community at large to STEM, and fostering the ability of students to believe in themselves and articulate their value. To attract more students to STEM, the panel recommended that the Department of Defense (DoD) consider reaching pre-kindergarten level children; engaging teachers; and mentoring students.

The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Jason Matheny, Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), and other panel topics included Emerging Technology: Internet of Things and Logistics: The Intersection of Technology, Infrastructure, and the Sharing Economy.

LMI, a world leader in government consulting, held its fourth annual LRI forum May 24, 2017 in Tysons, VA. CCALS, which participated in the event as an exhibitor, is proud to count LMI as a longtime partner and supporter.

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Virginia State University Dept. of Technology faculty member Lessie Oliver Clark talks with Ed Stanton, Senior Vice President for Strategic Growth at LMI.