Penn State Smeal center to co-host conference on STEM skills in U.S. workforce

November 10, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Center for Global Business Studies at the Penn State Smeal College of Business will co-host a conference addressing the demand for STEM skills in the United States workforce in Washington, D.C.

The Center for Strategic & International Studies, a Washington-based think tank, will co-host “21st Century Tech Talent and the American Economic Edge” from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, at the CSIS first-floor conference center at 1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW.

Charles H. Whiteman, the John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal, will offer opening remarks. U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) will deliver the keynote address. Two panel discussions will follow.

Panel 1, “Century Manufacturing Skills — Unmet Demand,” will be moderated by Scott Miller, senior advisor at CSIS and William M. Scholl Chair in International Business. Panelists will include:

  • James Boland, chairman, Jobs Ohio and vice chairman emeritus, EY
  • Laura Kohler, senior vice president, human resources and stewardship, The Kohler Company
  • David Cranmer, deputy director for the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Panel 2, “Filling the STEM Skills Gap,” will be moderated by Whiteman. Panelists will include:

  • Laura Dawson, director, Woodrow Wilson Center Canada Project
  • Fariborz Ghadar, William A. Schreyer Professor of Global Management, Smeal College of Business
  • Alex Nowrasteh, immigration policy analyst, Cato Institute

For further information, or to RSVP to the event, email Nancy Stuck at

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Last Updated November 17, 2016