College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Hanton: Lack of STEM employees could hurt everyone

Rick Hanton, senior in computer engineering, wrote an opinion piece for the Iowa State Daily that discusses the decline of professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. He says many graduates in STEM fields change roles from a more technical position to a more business related role. Hanton also notes several ways to make STEM fields more interesting to students. He suggests using a wider variety of text books in grade school as well as encouraging students to participate in programs like For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology or “FIRST.”