Senior Director, External Relations, The National GEM Consortium
Dr. Marcus A. Huggans is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and was educated in the University City and Lutheran Parochial school systems. Dr. Huggans completed his engineering studies at the University of Missouri-Rolla now known as the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). He received a B.S.E.E. and M.S. & Ph.D. Engineering Management. Dr. Huggans is an alumnus of the GEM Fellowship Program. Dr. Huggans has extensive experience in the STEM field with over twenty-five years of working in the industry, academia, and non-profits. He has worked for 3M Company, AT&T Bell Laboratories, FBI, and Texas Instruments Inc, Missouri S&T, and GEM. At GEM, Dr. Huggans recruits and conducts graduate programming to encourage under-represented minority students to pursue their graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and applied mathematics (STEM) fields. Dr. Huggans has been the Finance Chair for IEEE-ITSC, IEEE-HKN Editorial Committee, IEEE-HKN Board of Governors, and numerous other STEM initiatives. Finally, Dr. Huggans has been an invited speaker to many diversity conferences, National Science Foundation, and multiple universities as well as corporations/national laboratories.
Overview: The habits of mind developed in STEM can help people at every level to deal more effectively with the total process of living as well-adjusted, intellectually competent, self-determining individuals. Without the ability to think critically and independently about problems that involve evidence, quantitative considerations, logical arguments, and uncertainties, we become easy prey for dogmatists, con artists, and purveyors of simple solutions to complex problems. STEM holds the promise of addressing 21st-century challenges in energy, environment, climate, hunger, health, transportation, and communication. STEM principles related to systems, components processes, and relationships give people a sound basis for assessing the use of new technologies and their implications for our future. During this workshop, panel experts will discuss how STEM careers are power seats, and the need for more inclusive representation at the tables where decisions are made.