A partnership between Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, and the National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency that provides research and education in science and engineering, has resulted in a $21 million investment to advance the field.
The funds will be used to develop online training for students and Boeing employees to develop essential skills, and to increase diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
“This investment demonstrates Boeing’s commitment to developing the future workforce and our current employees’ skills,” said Heidi Capozzi, senior vice president of human resources at Boeing. “The initiatives will help develop more technical workers and provide research opportunities for women and veterans seeking to join or return to the STEM workforce.”
The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources invested $10 million to match the $10 million in funding from Boeing. Boeing gifted an additional $1 million to the NSF INCLUDES initiative, which aims to increase the number of women and address the needs of veterans in STEM fields. Boeing is the first to contribute to this initiative at a national level.
The foundation will partner with a variety of learning institutions to develop trainings in model-based engineering and systems engineering, mechatronics, robotics, data science and sensor analytics, program management, and artificial intelligence. The first training is expected to launch in 2019.
“We are grateful to Boeing for investing in the future of the U.S. STEM workforce,” said France Cordova, National Science Foundation director. “These kinds of public-private partnerships can lead to a more technically-proficient workforce with the skills needed to expand our national research and development base.”