Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Kaufman Receives 2010 ASME President’s Award

In remarks to public policy symposium, Delaware senator stresses need for national, “innovation” policy to promote STEM education

April 23, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following his remarks to the 2010 Engineering Public Policy Symposium this week, Senator Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) was presented with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2010 President’s Award for his extensive efforts to promote the expansion of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education across the country. ASME serves as the Directorate for the Symposium which brings together 100 leaders from the Nation’s engineering societies.  The 2010 Symposium highlighted legislative priorities relating to energy, research, and STEM education.  
 
Established in 1998, the ASME President’s Award recognizes prominent individuals and companies who have demonstrated significant contributions to the engineering profession.
 
“I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to tackle STEM issues as a United States Senator. Receiving an honor like this from an organization of my peers is a wonderful – and unexpected – bonus,” said Kaufman, the only serving U.S. Senator to have worked as an engineer.
 
“I’m also proud that Delaware is leading the way in STEM education. The state’s focus on these fields helped secure their recent selection as a U.S. Department of Education “Race to the Top” grant winner. I believe the key to the future of our country, and the world, rests on the United States’ ability to use STEM to solve the major problems we face. ASME’s continued support is critical to ensuring we have a sound innovation policy that helps generate greater interest in these fields and actually leads to the training and graduation of more engineers.”
 
ASME President, Amos Holt presented Kaufman with the ASME President's Award during the 8th annual Symposium.  
 
Holt stated, "On behalf of ASME and our 120,000 members, I'm honored to present Senator Kaufman with the ASME President's Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the engineering profession.  Since taking office in January 2009, Senator Kaufman has championed engineering education and the expansion of STEM fields, promoting policies that encourage women and underrepresented minorities to enter engineering. He has our sincere appreciation for inspiring a new generation of young people to pursue engineering."
 
Since taking office last year, Kaufman has championed the expansion of education in STEM fields. Kaufman, with Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), recently introduced the Engineering Education for Innovation Act – bipartisan legislation to authorize competitive planning and implementation grants to states to integrate engineering education into K-12 instruction and curriculum.
 
In June 2009, Kaufman introduced the STEM Education Coordination Act – a bill to establish a committee under the National Science and Technology Council to better coordinate federal STEM education program and activities.  He was also instrumental in securing $400,000 to fund research and extension grants for woman and minorities in STEM fields as part of a spending bill signed into law last year.

 

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