Published by The Retriever Weekly on 1/29/13
For the second time in four months, President Hrabowski is scheduled to speak at an upcoming TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference. On February 26, he will discuss the importance of encouraging students to enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and about the successes UMBC has had as an innovative institution.
“We must change the culture of science and teaching,” Hrabowski said at the 2012 TED Mid-Atlantic conference in October. His goal is to continue the growth in research and instruction atUMBC to prepare all students for success. “We are rethinking the approach in such a way that students are empowered to take charge of their education,” he said.
TED is a nonprofit organization that holds a variety of international conferences, events and talks pertaining to technology, entertainment and design. It aims to bring some of the world’s most talented thinkers and doers together to inspire change through ideas.
Hrabowski wants students to continue to work with one another to make the learning experiences associated with STEM majors more enjoyable. “It is possible for children of all races to succeed in the arts, to succeed in science and for America to help the entire world through brain power,” said Hrabowski during his speech in October.
“Most people don’t realize how important those in the STEM fields are to an economy and country as a whole,” said George Abumere, senior computer engineering major. “They play a big role in innovations and creating jobs. Hrabowski certainly understands that.”
With the success of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program and of the university as a whole,UMBC continues to rise as one of the country’s top colleges. Students have access to an abundance of resources and creative approaches to learning.
“I appreciate what he’s doing in terms of encouraging STEM majors,” said junior Ria Smith. As a member of a STEM program, she understands Hrabowski’s push to expand the academic field. “These majors do contribute a lot to society and will offer students great opportunities and experience,” she said.