Battelle SVP Aimee Kennedy Named to National STEM Education Advisory Panel

Aimee Kennedy, Battelle’s
Senior Vice President of Philanthropy and Education since 2013, has been
named to a new advisory panel created to encourage U.S. scientific and
technological innovations in education, as authorized by the American
Innovation and Competitiveness Act.

The National
Science Foundation (NSF), in consultation with the United
States Department of Education, NASA
and the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the appointment of
Kennedy and 17 other members today. The panel
is composed of individuals from nonprofit, business, academic and
informal education organizations.

Gabriela Gonzalez, Greater Americas Region deputy director of Intel
Corporation, will chair the new STEM Education Advisory Panel. David
Evans, executive director of the National Science Teachers Association,
will serve as vice chair.

“I am honored to be included on this prestigious panel,” said Kennedy.
“Great STEM educators inspire students to dream about solutions that
seem beyond their reach and to persist through even the most
heart-breaking failures. That’s the vision of STEM that we have at
Battelle and the vision I’ll bring to this esteemed panel.”

The appointment burnishes Kennedy’s already impressive portfolio as a
national leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
education. She chairs the NASA Advisory Council Ad Hoc Task Force on
STEM Education and serves in an advisory capacity for The Ohio State
University’s College of Engineering. She serves on the boards of
numerous nonprofits throughout central Ohio, including KIPP Columbus,
COSI (Columbus’s Center of Science and Industry) and the Columbus Zoo
and Aquarium.

Additionally, Kennedy holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership
from The Ohio State University. She was the Chief Administrative Officer
and Principal of Metro Early College High School for three years before
joining Battelle. Before leading Metro, Kennedy served as a teacher and
vice principal at the school. She began her career as a teacher in
Canton city schools.

Congress authorized creation of the STEM Education Advisory Panel to
advise a group of federal organizations called the Committee on Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM) on matters
related to STEM education.

In particular, Congress authorized the panel to help identify
opportunities to update the 2013- 2018 Federal STEM Education 5-Year
Strategic Plan, which CoSTEM developed to improve the efficiency,
coordination and impact of federally supported STEM education
investments. The panel will assess CoSTEM’s progress in carrying out
responsibilities mandated by the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act.

“NASA is proud of the many ways that its missions inspire the next
generation of STEM leaders. Across the spectrum of our work, students
and educators have many opportunities to learn from and engage with our
work,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who co-chairs CoSTEM.
“We’re going back to the moon and on to Mars, and we’re going to keep
doing the amazing things that will help fill the pipeline of new
explorers and create a bright future.”

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to
solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national
laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and
development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical
services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in
Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national
security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental
industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org.

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