The week-long observance highlighted the Garden State’s strong presence and accomplishments in STEM — science, technology engineering and math — including its industry, academic and government sectors.
For the second consecutive year, the Research & Development Council of New Jersey partnered with the Governor’s Office to spotlight the importance of STEM Week by informing New Jersey residents of the state’s exceptional standing in the world’s scientific and technical community.
Among New Jersey’s STEM accolades, the Garden State has the highest national concentration of scientific professionals, is home to some of the world’s premier STEM companies, and is the birthplace of innovations such as the light bulb, transistor, and antibiotic streptomycin.
As part of its mission, the R&D Council is proud to recognize advances in New Jersey’s STEM economy through its own initiatives and programs like the Edison Patent Awards, Governor’s STEM Scholars, and Merit Scholars programs.
Council Chairman and Janssen Vice-President of Real World Evidence, Dr. Troy Sarich said, “STEM has always been an integral part of New Jersey’s economy, dating back to Thomas Edison. But being the first doesn’t in and of itself mean being the best. New Jersey companies and universities continue to out-innovate others, nationally and internationally.”
New Jersey STEM Week kicked off on Monday, March 14 with the Governor’s STEM Scholars Capitol presentation, where the program’s college scholars presented their research at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey.