Merritt Calls for Support of STEM Education in the U.S.

June 17, 2015 / STEM / Posted By: Kelly Capizzi

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is a key to the next generation of researchers, engineers and business leaders as well as the competitiveness of our nation in an increasingly interconnected global economy. DelawareOnline recently published an article written by Bill Merritt, President and CEO of InterDigital, which emphasizes the need for an increase in support of STEM education in America.

As a mobile technology research and development company, InterDigital depends on the next generation of researchers, engineers and business leaders to emerge from the work being done in elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools. In the article, Merritt discusses the current under-performance in STEM throughout American school systems and explains the lack of interest in STEM careers even though the number of STEM-related jobs is growing twice as fast as other fields.

“That's not something we would like to have; it is something we must have if our company is going to prosper long-term. And there are literally thousands more companies like us, facing this high-skilled labor shortage, in Delaware and across the nation,” said Merritt on investments in education and research. Mr. Merritt calls on American companies, the U.S. Government, state governments and U.S. Congress to take action and make a difference in the educational opportunities for STEM.

InterDigital is committed to investing in the ideas and people of the future and has been an active supporter of the STEM community. Recently, the company's local STEM-related efforts include sponsorships of the Delaware Children's Museum Junior Engineers Program and wireless communications laboratories at Delaware State University.

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