Stephanie Hill, vice president and general manager of the information systems and global solutions-civil business at Lockheed Martin, has said industry should help motivate young people to have an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, Kingsport Times-News reported Monday.
Hill told attendees of the Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit that at least 8 million STEM-related jobs would be available in the U.S. by 2018, Hank Hayes writes.
“Yet it is projected that 1.2 million of those jobs will go unfilled because we don’t have the pipeline to fill it,” she said.
Hill, an inductee into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 list for 2015, said she considers herself an “accidental engineer.”
“I was lucky, but we can’t count on people being lucky and falling upon a career in STEM,” she noted.
She added that students should be exposed early to STEM subjects to help address the country’s shortage in technical and engineering skills.