Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

When I was growing up in India, I had the privilege of learning math, science, and chemical engineering from great teachers and professors. Through their insights, I was able to learn new concepts and connected the dots with real world situations. After arriving in the US for my graduate work, my journey in engineering continued. My foundations in math, science, and engineering have served me well throughout my adult life.

Both my wife and I have encouraged our two sons to focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). One decided to become a computer scientist and the other to be an economist. They studied hard and work for reputable companies. Both went to a private schools for K-12, where there was great emphasis on science and math. Based on their own experience, I believe they will pass the STEM baton to their offspring.

Our schools should recruit teachers who love math and science. These teachers will make math and science exciting and relevant for the students. Once an youngster is hooked on math and science, she/he will do well in their journey of life. In the global world only way to compete is to build strong foundations in STEM and use quality management principles and tools to add value to organizations, Society, and the world.

I welcome additional thoughts on STEM.


  1. Interesting story about STEM on your life. I know that in India, the % of STEM professional is huge.

    Let me share with you what is happening in my country, Argentina, about those careers; I would love to have your feedback.



  2. Jimena, thanks for sharing the status of STEM in Argentina.

    Personally, I strongly believe in nurturing math and science with youngsters in K-12. Once they see the value and impact of it in real life, they will continue to take interest in those subjects.

    With a strong foundation in math and science, they will be equipped with necessary skills to enter engineering and technology fields.