Siemens Foundation Honors White House Science Director Dr. John P. Holdren
With 2012 Founder's Award
Dr. Holdren To Be Recognized at Siemens Competition in Math, Science &
Technology National Recognition Gala on December 3
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2012
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Siemens Foundation, a national
leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education,
has named Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and
Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology
Policy, the recipient of its 2012 Siemens Foundation Founder's Award. The
annual award recognizes outstanding individuals for encouraging students to
engage in STEM subjects.
Dr. Holdren will be honored at the 2012 Siemens Competition in Math, Science &
Technology National Recognition Gala on Monday evening, December 3, at the
Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington. The Gala celebrates six
individuals and six teams who have distinguished themselves as National
Finalists in the nation's premier research competition for high school
students. This year's 19 finalists have contributed innovative research
projects addressing global challenges ranging from cancer and brain disorders
to infectious diseases. The National Finalists are competing for a total of
$500,000 in college scholarships, including two top prizes of $100,000.
"The Siemens Foundation is honored to recognize Dr. Holdren for his
outstanding efforts to increase student engagement in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics," said Thomas N. McCausland, Chairman of the
Board, Siemens Foundation. "His contributions through such initiatives as the
White House Science Fair have sent a strong signal to students, parents and
teachers nationwide that participating in STEM subjects is a worthwhile and
"I am grateful for this recognition, but the really good news is that STEM
education is not just a priority of mine—it is a deep and abiding priority of
President Obama," said Dr. Holdren. "I can assure you that this Administration
will continue to work tirelessly in collaboration with corporations, academia,
nonprofits, and others in order to support and inspire our Nation's STEM
students and teachers."
Trained in aerospace engineering and theoretical plasma physics at MIT and
Stanford, Dr. Holdren is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the
National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences, as well as a foreign member of the Royal Society of London and a
former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Prior to joining the Obama administration, he was a professor in both the
Kennedy School of Government and the Department of Earth and Planetary
Sciences at Harvard, as well as Director of the Woods Hole Research Center.
From 1973 to 1996 he was on the faculty of the University of California,
Berkeley, where he co-founded and co-led the interdisciplinary graduate-degree
program in energy and resources.
The Siemens Foundation Founder's Award was established in 2004 in honor of
Albert Hoser, the founder and Chairman emeritus of the Siemens Foundation. Mr.
Hoser established the Foundation in July 1998 to promote and support science
and mathematics education in the United States. Previously, he served as
President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Corporation.
Previous recipients of the Siemens Foundation Founder's Award include Dr.
Terrence Bissoondial, a biological research teacher at George W. Hewlett High
School in Hewlett, New York. Dr. Bissoondial is the mentor of one of this
year's National Finalist teams: Jeremy Appelbaum, William Gil and Allen Shin.
The keynote speaker at this year's National Recognition Gala is Leland D.
Melvin, NASA's Associate Administrator for Education.
The Siemens Competition
Launched in 1998, the Siemens Competition is the nation's premier science
research competition for high school students. 2,255 students registered to
enter the Siemens Competition this year for a total 1,504 projects submitted.
323 students were named semifinalists and 93 were named regional finalists,
representing 25 states. Entries are judged at the regional level by esteemed
scientists at six leading research universities which host the regional
competitions: California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University,
Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
University of Notre Dame and The University of Texas at Austin.
Follow us on the road to the Siemens Competition: Follow us on Twitter
@SFoundation (#SiemensComp) and like us on Facebook at SiemensFoundation.
Then visit www.siemens-foundation.org at 9:30am EST on December 4 for a live
webcast of the National Finalist Awards Presentation.
The Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of
educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) in the United States. Its signature programs include the
Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, Siemens Awards for Advanced
Placement, and The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which encourages
K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues.
By supporting outstanding students today, and recognizing the teachers and
schools that inspire their excellence, the Foundation helps nurture tomorrow's
scientists and engineers. The Foundation's mission is based on the culture of
innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens'
U.S. companies and its parent company, Siemens AG. For more information,
SOURCE Siemens Foundation
Contact: Kiesha Boykins, Siemens Foundation, +1-732-321-3150,
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