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What is the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council?

Created by Executive Order 74, the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a partnership of business, policy and education leaders from across the state convening to bolster STEM education and innovation and to better position Iowa’s young people and the state’s economy for the future. The Council is co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and Vermeer Corporation President and CEO Mary Vermeer Andringa. The executive director of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is Dr. Jeff Weld.  The Governor's STEM Advisory Coucil Administration Office is located at the University of Northern Iowa.

What is STEM?

STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These disciplines are vital for thriving in the 21st century whether managing STEM-based decisions of daily life or pursuing STEM careers.

In today's complex world teachers, students, parents and communities need to understand how the STEM fields are the basis for innovative problem-solving and discovery, which are best acquired through exploratory learning and active student engagement.

Who is on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council?

View a list of visionaries who generously volunteered to be part of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

About the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership

The IMSEP functions as the operating and contracting arm of the Governor’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Advisory Council. All activities of the STEM Council are coordinated by staff at the IMSEP consisting of the Council’s executive director, business manager, communications specialist and support staff. 

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Send comments and questions to info@iowastem.gov or call 319.273.2959. 

To learn about the staff members, click here

To learn about the STEM Regions, click here.