News Release

SCSU at science expo

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Carolyn Williams, associate dean for multicultural affairs and STEM initiatives

Carolyn Williams, associate dean for multicultural affairs and STEM initiatives, will lead a group to the April 28-29 USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington D.C.

Carolyn Williams, associate dean for multicultural affairs and STEM initiatives Logo for the USA Science & Engineering Festival 

St. Cloud State will be represented at the April 28-29 USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington D.C.

A contingent led by Carolyn Williams, associate dean for multicultural affairs and STEM initiatives, will staff a booth at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The university is a pioneering partner of the two-year-old festival, which is a grassroots collaboration of more than 500 of the nation’s leading science and engineering organizations.

"It is my pleasure to invite you to visit the St. Cloud State University booth, number 2353," said Williams. "Our exhibit on "WOW! Wind Power" will spark interest in harnessing wind as a means of alternative energy."

KVSC 88.1 FM is sending Adam Ulbricht, news director, to cover the festival, said Jo McMullen-Boyer, station manager.

Among the festival's participating organizations are Lockheed Martin, a defense contractor, Stanford University, a leading teaching and research institution, and the J. Craig Venter Institute, a non-profit genomics research facility. View the list of festival  partners.

The non-profit festival promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to the nation’s youth and raises public awareness about the importance of science.

Festival participants will have access to more than 2,000 hands-on activities and more than 200 live performances by science celebrities, explorers, best-selling authors, entrepreneurs and world-renowned experts.

"The Festival is a fantastic place for technical experts of all kinds to learn about the amazing advances that have been made in technology to help them make product prototypes from 3D printers, find designs online for parts and components, and meet an array of experts to help them bring their product ideas to life," said Larry Bock, festival executive director. View a list of exhibits.

"It is exciting to me, as a career science/engineering educator, to see SCSU so well represented as the world's largest celebration of science and engineering," Williams said.

St. Cloud State has been selected to participate in a sneak preview day April 27, she said.

Williams, who holds a doctorate from Cornell University, manages the university’s STEM initiatives. She also is on the USA Science & Engineering Festival Advisory Board.

For more information, contact Williams at crwilliams@stcloudstate.edu or 320-308-3690.

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