Why STEM Matters
By Per Loof, April 22, 2015
KEMET’s current and future success lies in ensuring interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). STEM is critical to continued modernization and new innovations that can help make the world a better place.
Our Company has a long history of expanding possibilities through the intellect and productivity of its innovators, engineers and scientists. Our first invention in 1919 of a high temperature alloy propelled the Company forward to become a leading global supplier of electronic components. For nearly 100 years, we have made products that are reliable, durable, efficient and more technologically advanced. We could not have done this without talented people who created new products – whether it is through engineering a new capacitor, building it for our customers or improving the equipment on our production line. As of writing this, KEMET employs 501 engineers and 33 PhD scientists from around the world. In the last year alone, we have introduced 12,552 new products. I am worried that not enough students today pursue an interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics for long enough to establish a career.
What KEMET is doing about it?
KEMET is a member of and supports industry associations that have a vested interest in the creation of a vibrant STEM workforce. We have collaborations with professional societies, philanthropic and education organizations and STEM thought leaders. KEMET provides opportunities to students from Clemson University and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to participate in project-based, hands-on STEM experiential learning activities.
Our engineers and scientists are invited to articulate and publicize their scientific and technical achievements and contributions through papers, presentations and participation in industry conferences to attract our future workforce. We are proud of their achievements and publish their technical papers and articles on our website.
KEMET encourages STEM education as it creates the pipeline of future innovators that will move us forward. Making STEM education a priority is important for our short and long-term future. We all have much to gain by encouraging innovation that leads to new products and advancements.