STEM Education Opens Doors to Top Tech Careers at the DoD

Dr. David Honey, Deputy Undersecretary for Research and Engineering - U.S. Department of Defense

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The U.S. Department of Defense has over 100,000 engineers working on some of the most innovative and critical technology projects in the world. In fact Dr. David Honey, Deputy Undersecretary for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)), calls it a "STEM-powered enterprise."

Within the Department, the USD(R&E) serves as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), leads research across 14 critical technology areas, develops partnerships with select universities on advanced projects, oversees research initiatives by collaborative entities, and plays the important role as advisor to the rest of the Department on matters related to science, technology, engineering and more.

We had the unique privilege to sit down with Dr. Honey to explore this work and how it ties back to STEM education in so many critical ways. Educators, hear about fascinating opportunities for your students, as well as gain access to resources you can use in your own classrooms and labs.

3 Big Takeaways from this episode:

  1. If you're in STEM, you're pretty much future-proof: STEM workers are becoming more critical every day. From maintaining our current technology base to designing tech of the future, the U.S. needs more STEM-focused students. Educators and parents: continue to provide hands-on opportunities for students to pursue their interest in STEM areas.
  2. These three characteristics make for an ideal engineer at the Department of Defense: Commitment to lifelong learning (learn, grow and keep your skills sharp); desire to be creative (vision what the future could look like, and get to work on it); tie yourself to a mission that is bigger than you (like mankind's race to the moon, good engineers are driven by a purpose outside themselves).
  3. There isn't any area of STEM that isn't relevant to the work of the Department of Defense: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math - each plays a critical role in the DoD's work, especially through the 14 critical technology areas, which include biotechnology, quantum science, trusted AI and autonomy, hypersonic, integrated sensing and cyber, and more (see link below for full list).

Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Connect with USD(R&E) online:

Twitter  |  LinkedIn

Connect with DoD STEM online:

Twitter  |  LinkedIn  |  YouTube  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

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