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"How an Engineer Became a Senator"

Sen. Ted Kaufman to Give Whiting-Turner Business and Entrepreneurial Lecture

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MEDIA ADVISORY  November 9, 2010

CONTACT:

Melissa Corley
301 405 6501
mcorley@umd.edu

U.S. Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.)

WHAT: "How an Engineer Became a Senator"--Today, the most pressing issue we face is economic recovery, chiefly job creation. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics--or STEM--fields will be essential to long-term job growth. As the only sitting senator in the 111th Congress who worked as an engineer, I felt it was my duty to invest in STEM education. While surveys show that young people want to "make a difference" with their lives, often they do not see engineering as a way to do that. During my term in office, I stressed the need to make students and policymakers more aware that engineers have always been the world's problem solvers. To achieve this, students need better preparation in STEM subjects at the K-12 level. If we can attract more students into engineering fields, we can increase our capacity for high-tech innovation and entrepreneurship, which will lead to the kind of job creation that can fuel our economy for a generation. - Sen. Kaufman

WHO: U.S. Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.), the only engineer in the U.S. Senate

WHEN: Thursday, November 11, 2010
5 to 6 p.m. - lecture, preceded by reception at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: 1110 Kim Engineering Building
A. James Clark School of Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

The Whiting-Turner Business and Entrepreneurial Lecture at the A. James Clark School of Engineering brings leading technology enterprise thinkers to campus--men and women from large, established companies or small and promising start-ups, who deal with the real-world challenges of a fast-paced, global economy. In their lectures and question-and-answer sessions, they share their insights and experiences, their "war stories" and predictions, inspiring audience members to apply new ideas and approaches in their current or future careers. For more information: www.eng.umd.edu/whitingturner