WASHINGTON, April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) Chairman William H. Swanson was inducted into the U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame today for his leadership in advancing STEM education and preparing the next generation of engineers and scientists. He was honored at a special ceremony during the 2014 U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
"As someone who benefitted from STEM mentorship as a young man, I have tremendous passion for inspiring students to pursue STEM subjects," said William H. Swanson, Chairman of Raytheon Company. "STEM education is critical to our nation's competitiveness and position of leadership. For nearly a decade, Raytheon's MathMovesU initiative has inspired students to develop a genuine interest in math and science, one that opens up a world of career possibilities. We need to show by example how rewarding STEM careers can be."
Swanson and three other leaders were chosen from a group of industry, academic and nonprofit leaders for achieving measurable results in STEM fields, challenging conventional wisdom and motivating future STEM professionals. The other honorees included:
- Anousheh Ansari, Co-Founder and CEO, Prodea Systems
- Norman R. Augustine, Former Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin
- Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
"Tomorrow's workforce requires STEM preparation," said Brian Kelly, U.S. News editor and chief content officer. "The STEM Leadership Hall of Fame recognizes pioneers in their own fields who are also instrumental in leading national efforts to better prepare students and workers in STEM."
Raytheon's MathMovesU® program is an initiative committed to increasing middle and elementary school students' interest in math and science education by engaging them in hands-on, interactive activities. The innovative programs of MathMovesU include the traveling interactive experience MathAlive!™; Raytheon's Sum of all Thrills™ experience at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, which showcases math in action as students design and experience their own thrill ride using math fundamentals; the "In the Numbers" game, a partnership with the New England Patriots on display at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon; the company's ongoing sponsorship of the MATHCOUNTS® National Competition; and the MathMovesU scholarship and grant program. Follow MathMovesU and other Raytheon community outreach programs on Facebook and on Twitter @MathMovesU.
Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.
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