Here is a shocking statistic: according to the World Economic Forum America ranks 52nd globally in the quality of our math and science education despite spending nearly $3 billion on STEM programs. These numbers are even more disturbing when you realize that the future of our economy depends on our ability to create and master new technologies. There is not a single American industry that has not come under the influence of high technology. In order to stay competitive, companies like Aeromet, need a steady stream of workers who have top-notch math and science skills. So what is the answer? How can we help cultivate the next generation of skilled engineers and scientists?
As the stats show, it isn't just about throwing money at the problem, it is about individuals getting involved. When trying to find a great example of how hands-on involvement is the answer, we need to look no further than our Engineering Director, Drew Wahlberg. Drew, who has been with Aeromet since 1988, is on the Mechanical Engineering Technology Subcommittee at his alma mater Purdue University. According to the Purdue website the members of these committees "work closely with faculty and administration to prepare the community's future work force". For Drew and Aeromet, it is the perfect opportunity to impress upon the next generation how important math and science skills are when it comes to both their futures and the future of our country. Seeing how difficult the job market is for students coming out of high school and college, linking STEM skills with a high-paying and rewarding career might be the way we can overcome our current rankings.
If you want to learn more about how you can help encourage the next generation, check out the STEM Education Coalition's website, or contact Drew Wahlberg or any member of the Aeromet team today.