From the classroom to the White House, there is a global push to ensure that higher education prepares future STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) leaders. Unfortunately, in the United States, the supply of STEM professionals has not kept up with the growth in demand for these qualified individuals. 

Leaders from four Syracuse University schools and colleges will address what the University is doing to address this gap in STEM education, through programs that target both current students, as well as prospective admits.

The panel discussion, part of Syracuse’s Orange Central homecoming celebration, will take place on Friday, October 23, from 2–3 p.m. in the Life Sciences Complex auditorium. 

Moderated by Alland Leandre ’88, a graduate of the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS), and a member of the School of Information Studies (iSchool) Board of Advisors, the panel will feature: Teresa Dahlberg, ECS Dean and Professor; Joanna Masingila, School of Education Dean and Professor; Karin Ruhlandt, College of Arts and Sciences Dean and Distinguished Professor; and Jeffrey Stanton, iSchool Interim Dean and Professor. 

Panelists will share how the University is meeting the STEM challenge head-on through cutting-edge teaching, basic applied research, technology transfer, and policy development. Specific programs will be showcased, and audience interaction and discussion will be encouraged.

Following the panel discussion, attendees are invited to a reception in the Milton Atrium of the Life Sciences Complex. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is open to the entire Syracuse University community – faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend. Alumni returning for Orange Central can register for this event, as well as other homecoming week activities, on the Orange Central website. 

For attendees not able to attend in person, the panel will be livestreamed online. Participants are also encouraged to follow the discussion live on Twitter and submit their questions using the hashtag #SUSTEM. For more information, contact Jennifer Russo at the School of Education at