STEM Workforce &
The TechVision21 team are experts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) policy. They helped BEST deliver outstanding STEM reports for the U.S. Army and Office of Naval Research on time and within budget.
TechVision21 helps large science, engineering and technical organizations assess their science and engineering workforce needs and their workforce development initiatives, and then optimize their strategies and programs to recruit, retain and develop a world class science and engineering workforce.
TechVision21 uses a proprietary methodology to characterize the current STEM workforce and future needs, examine labor market trends and STEM degree production that could affect the supply of STEM professionals, and identify technological trends that could affect the STEM skill base.
This assessment serves as a knowledge base from which companies can determine whether their portfolio of STEM programs are adequate to meet their projected needs.
TechVision21’s Methodology Includes:
- Analysis of current and future science, engineering and technical workforce needs.
- An assessment of an organization’s human capital strategies and plans, and determination of whether these strategies and plans meet stated needs.
- Analysis of existing key education, recruitment, retention and workforce development programs, and the degree to which these programs are used and are effective.
- Review of managers’ perceptions of how well these programs overall address current and future recruiting and retention goals.
- Benchmarking existing education, recruitment, retention and workforce development programs against best-in-class design principles.
- Identifying current pipeline programs that demonstrate the greatest return on investment.
- Analysis of efforts to increase workforce diversity.
- Analysis of effects of workplace culture and environment on the recruitment and retention of science, engineering and technical personnel.
- Recommendations to optimize the organization’s science and engineering human capital strategy and portfolio of implementing programs.
TechVision21 has used this methodology to assess the U.S. Department of the Navy’s civilian and uniformed STEM workforce; and the science and engineering education, recruitment, retention, and workforce development initiatives of the Office of Naval Research, the Naval Research Laboratory, Navy warfare centers, and the U.S. Army’s network of more than 20 research laboratories and engineering centers.
TechVision21 recommended eliminating programs that did not contribute directly to workforce development and recruitment goals, and consolidating a confusing array of duplicative programs under a few best-in-class program models. TechVision21 identified other areas in which improvement was needed, such as job candidate identification, program management, sharing of information throughout the enterprise, marketing of job openings and training opportunities, and creation of “one-stop-shop” web sites to provide information to external and internal audiences.
TechVision21 also recommended strategies for improvement that were cost-effective, easy to implement and compatible with each organization’s culture.
Kelly H. Carnes, President and CEO
- As Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy,
- Led the Clinton Administration’s efforts to increase representation of women and minorities in the Nation’s technology work force.
- Created GetTech, an award winning national public awareness and information campaign to encourage teens to pursue technology careers. GetTech featured celebrity endorsements, radio and television public service announcements, and an interactive web site. GetTech ads were broadcast more than 45,000 times and reached students in 14,000 public middle schools.
- Served on the National Governors Association Commission on Technology and Adult Education.
- Member of the Steering Committee for the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology (the “Morella Commission”).
- Advisor to BEST: Building Engineering and Science Talent, a public-private partnership which convened practitioners, researchers and policymakers to identify effective practices to develop the technical talent of underrepresented groups in pre-K through higher education and the workplace.
Carol Ann Meares, Vice President for Policy
- For the U.S. Department of Commerce, coauthored three seminal analytical reports:
- Workforce Globalization in IT Services and Software;
- Education and Training for the Information Technology Workforce, Report to Congress from the Secretary of Commerce; and
- The Digital Work Force: Building Infotech Skills at the Speed of Innovation.
- As Senior Policy Associate at the Federation of American Scientists, developed the Federation’s October 2005 National Summit on Educational Games and authored the Summit report: Harnessing the Power of Video Games for Learning.
- Architect of the White House National Science and Technology Council’s Working Group on Advanced Technologies for Education and Training, a policy initiative involving 14 Federal departments and agencies.
- For the Council on Competitiveness, authored:
- WORK: Thriving in a Turbulent, Technological and Transformed Global Economy
- Globalization and the Innovation Economy: The Talent Dimension (for submission to the U.S. Department of Labor), which examined competitive trends affecting the U.S. workforce.
- Conceptualized, catalyzed and managed Visions 2020: Transforming Education and Training through Advanced Technologies (U.S. Departments of Commerce and Education, September 2002).
- Authored Visions 2020.2: Student Views on Transforming Education and Training Through Advanced Technologies, U.S. Departments of Commerce and Education, NetDay, 2005.