Strengthening STEM Learning

DuPont News, November 6, 2012
Change the Equation aims to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in the US.
Change the Equation aims to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States.


DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman recently accepted a position on the board of directors for Change the Equation (CTEq), a U.S. coalition of more than 100 CEOs committed to improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning for U.S. students from preschool through 12th grade. Ellen becomes the sixth member of the CTEq board, which currently includes the CEOs from ExxonMobil, Time Warner Cable, and Xerox, Chairman of the Board of Accenture and retired CEO/Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation.

“I am passionate about improving our STEM pipeline and believe in the work of Change the Equation,” Ellen said.  “STEM learning is a critical element to the success of companies like DuPont. A quality education system not only strengthens our schools, but our communities and our businesses. Students want to know how they can make a difference.  We want them to know that through science and engineering they can.”

As CEO, Ellen has championed market-driven science to drive innovation across the company’s businesses, providing the opportunity for STEM talent to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, such as increased food security, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting people and the environment. As a member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, she co-led the development of a detailed set of recommendations for improving STEM education from pre-K through post graduate education to ensure U.S. competitiveness globally.

“DuPont has long led the way in its corporate social responsibility, and Ellen’s new role with Change the Equation is a natural fit,” said Craig Barrett, CTEq chairman. “Her strong business background and strategic vision will help to lead us forward as we work with the education community to strengthen STEM learning and inspire young people.”

DuPont has been committed to science education in primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities, since the company’s formation in 1802.  Its founder, E.I. du Pont de Nemours, believed education was the primary source of human progress and social well-being.  Efforts have included education policy and reform, curriculum standards development, teacher and student development, research collaboration and fellowship programs.