News Release
For Immediate Release
August 18, 2015

Kaitlin Felsted, Marketing Communications Specialist
STEM Action Center

Utah STEM Action Center Partners with NDIA/AIA for STEM Call-to-Action Forum
Industry and education leaders to engage in dialogue on how to grow STEM education

SALT LAKE CITY, UT— The Utah STEM Action Center in partnership with the National Defense Industrial Association and the Aerospace Industries Association will hold the first Utah STEM Call-to-Action Forum on August 19 from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and August 20 from 7 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Weber State University Shepherd Union Building.

The forum is an opportunity for educators and key industry stakeholders to engage in local dialogue on how to increase the quality of STEM education; the quantity of STEM educated graduates that are eligible for employment in the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industries, as well as other STEM-related industries; and the amount and effectiveness of engagement by A&D employers, working in partnership with others in their communities.

Forum attendees will hear from esteemed speakers and panelists including:

  •  Michael Lach – Director of STEM Education and Strategic Initiatives at the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education and the Urban Education Institute of the University of Chicago
  • Dr. Tamara L. Goetz, Ph.D. – Executive Director of the Utah STEM Action Center
  • Stan Lockhart – Utah State Board of Education
  • Peter Larson – Senior Manager of Engineering Workforce at the Boeing Company

Dr. Tamara Goetz, executive director of the Utah STEM Action Center, said this event is not just an opportunity for discussion but a chance to establish goals and act on those goals.

“The Utah STEM community has made incredible progress over the past two years to promote and enhance STEM education and workforce opportunities for Utah students,” she said. “This conference is a chance for the STEM community to engage and identify critical actions that can be taken to continue this successful collaboration.”
Panel discussion topics include:

  • Secondary, Post-Secondary and Industry Collaborations: Creating a Synergistic Pipeline
  • Mentoring: Thinking Outside the Box
  • Branding and Marketing STEM: Sending the Right Message
  • Problem-Based Learning (PBL): Keeping it Real
  • Lessons from our Neighbors: Regional Proven Practices
  • Who Has the Data and Is It Working for Us?
  • Point/Counterpoint: Industry and Education Take on the Tough Issues

Online registration is now closed, but registration will be available at the door both Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information, visit the event website at


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as the premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. For more information please contact: Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or

About the STEM Action Center
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Action Center works to develop Utah’s workforce of the future by prioritizing STEM education. The program drives research and implementation of STEM education best practices across Utah by coordinating STEM-related activities, creating and coordinating proven STEM education best practices, facilitating educator access to those tools, align public STEM education and higher STEM education activities.