Students who have the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects at a young age often have the advantage in academic success, which ultimately impacts their careers down the line. But education does not necessarily need to take place in a formalized classroom setting. A series of summer initiatives built around STEM can give students the foundation of STEM knowledge, and help the youngest learners start building their leadership skills early.
The gradual improvement of the U.S. economy is driving some improvement in government budgets and small increases in federal and local spending, despite the sequester. Michael Keating of Government Product News magazine outlines what manufacturers are seeing in the government market in his latest Expert’s Corner. Read more
Earlier this year, China’s government leaders announced a sweeping effort to restructure the nation’s key industrial sectors. U.S. manufacturers might find opportunities in China’s reduced capacity in those sectors. Read more
Fifty-two percent of companies rank eco-efficiency as a high or growing priority, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) poll of more than 600 business professionals. The results of the survey, conducted during a recent webcast, indicate that businesses are increasingly looking to more environmentally and socially responsible methods of driving financial savings and creating competitive advantages.
“Identifying innovative cost reduction opportunities through a sustainability lens is top of mind for the C-suite,” said Don Reed, managing director of PwC’s Sustainable Business Solutions practice. Read more