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Microsoft, Intellectual Ventures, and other leaders from companies with Washington presence among top executives profiled in list presented today

JUNE 18, 2013 | SEATTLE, WA – A list of the top 100 STEM CEOs presented today as part of the 2013 U.S. News STEM Solutions summit includes two from Washington state and many other leaders from companies with a significant Washington presence.

The Washington executives — Microsoft's Steven Ballmer and Intellectual Venture's Nathan Myhrvold — made the list published by STEMconnector®, a nationwide network of STEM companies. The list profiles CEOs who have been actively advancing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education throughout their careers, industries, and companies.
 
“It’s an honor to be recognized among those who understand the urgency of promoting science, technology, engineering, and math fields,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “Inspiring a passion for STEM is one of the most important things we can do to help young people make an impact in the world.”
 
Many other executives of companies with a significant present in Washington state including Google's Eric Schmidt, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, CH2M Hill's Lee McIntire, Battelle Memorial Institute's Jeffrey Wadsworth, and Lockheed Martin Corporation's Marillyn Hewson, among others.
 
“Washington state ranks number one in the nation in the concentration of STEM jobs due to inspiring business leaders like Steve Ballmer and Nathan Myhrvold,” said Patrick D’Amelio, CEO of Washington STEM, a statewide organization dedicated to advancing STEM education. “The time is now to invest in STEM education and ensure our students have a strong foundation in these fields which are critical to our state's economic prosperity.”

The 100 CEO profiles feature their views on a range of pressing issues in STEM education today, including the urgent need for a skilled STEM workforce and the future of U.S. competitiveness. Other themes include the role of technology and innovation, the education to workforce pipeline, public-private partnerships, the need for greater diversity and gender equity, and scalability and best practices.
 
"It is all about CEO commitment,” said STEMconnector® CEO Edie Fraser. “We are collectively humbled by the caliber of the entries and salute and congratulate all of those included.”
 
The full CEO list is posted at STEMconnector.org/100CEOs with digital and hard copies available at STEMconnector®'s online store.
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About Washington STEM
Washington STEM is a statewide nonprofit advancing excellence, equity, and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Launched in March 2011 with support from the business, education, and philanthropic communities, our goal is to reimagine and revitalize STEM education across Washington. Join us at www.washingtonstem.org, and pass along the power of STEM on Facebook and Twitter @washingtonstem.

About STEMconnector®
STEMconnector® is "the one-stop-shop" for STEM information. Launched in 2011, its charge is to identify, inform, and connect entities working in STEM education and careers to assess smart STEM investments and results.

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