Preparing STEAM Leaders the Morehouse Way
he academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) continue to be a focal point for educators and policymakers because of the accelerated demand for qualified professionals in these fields. At Morehouse, we are continuing to develop our students to become the best STEM professionals they can be in a highly competitive and evolving marketplace. In this issue of Morehouse Magazine, we provide a special report on the unique and important role the College has in developing future innovators, especially those who are historically underrepresented, in the STEM fields (see pages 23 to 30). The College has received a boost in its efforts to diversify the STEM fields from mathematician and hedge fund manager Jim Simons and his wife, Marilyn, who recently pledged $2.5 million to help educate our math and science students. While we are focused on STEM, our eye is also on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). In order to be successful in the technical fields and excel in the innovation marketplace, students must also be creative. They must sharpen their critical thinking and open their minds to out-of-the-box solutions. These skills are best developed through exposure to the arts. According to an IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs, creativity was identified as the No. 1 “leadership competency” of the future (Newsweek, July 2010). We also report on some of our outstanding alumni who are achieving professional prominence in the STEM discipline. Recently, Morehouse’s ninth president, Walter E. Massey ’58, made news for his support of the discovery of gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of space-time arriving from the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This prediction was made exactly 100 years ago by Albert Einstein and was based on Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Massey was director of the National Science Foundation when the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory was approved for construction. Like Einstein, a Morehouse Man’s scientific genius will provide a gaze into the future. Speaking of the future, our young alumni have equally exciting STEM stories that put them squarely on the path to being future leaders in the innovation economy. Prince Abudu ’16 is the most recent example of what happens at Morehouse. He was educated at a school for orphans in Zimbabwe, where he worked hard and earned the Andrew Young International Scholarship that brought him to Morehouse. In full-circle fashion, his benefactors, Strive and Tsitsi Masiyiwa, watched him and eight other Young scholars receive their Morehouse diplomas during Commencement exercises this May. Strive was the Commencement speaker, and Tsitsi received the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, the College’s highest honor. (See Commencement coverage starting on page 36). Prince fully embraced the Morehouse values of demonstrating acuity, practicing integrity, exhibiting agency, committing to brotherhood and leading a consequential life. His work earned him the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship (the College’s fourth such recipient), and he is now continuing his computer science studies at Oxford University. (See page 28). Finally, as we celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary, we observe a historic milestone that all who share in Morehouse’s mission to produce exceptional leaders can take pride in. But our work has just begun. There is much more that we can and will do to establish our place in the technological world as we shape men who will contribute to future discoveries—in the sciences, the arts and beyond. Sincerely, Cathy Clark Tyler Executive Director
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