NFPA Does Its Part To Solve a Dilemma

NFPA exhibited at the 2014 STEM Leadership Forum entitled “Confronting the ‘New’ American Dilemma” at Johnson Controls in Glendale, WI.  The “New” American Dilemma is characterized by the persistently low number of African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men who pursue STEM study and careers in engineering. The goal is to bring together the best minds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to collaboratively determine a path forward that will accelerate efforts to increase the number of underrepresented minorities (URMs) in our nation’s engineering programs. Of the Bachelor of Science degrees granted in engineering in 2012, 12.9% were awarded to underrepresented minorities, although URMs represent 30 percent of the general population. The Forum was a tremendous opportunity to join educators, students, parents, business leaders, and engineers in an important conversation. Lynn Beyer, NFPA’s Workforce Program Manager, manned the exhibit space and spoke to this group about the Fluid Power Challenge, fluid power curriculum and careers in fluid power.


If you are interested in learning more about NFPA’s involvement in educational programs contact Lynn Beyer at (414) 778-3364 or

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