STEM News

24 January 2023

North Pole: Terri Mynatt

Says Terri Mynatt (BSEd ’89), "Being an educator to the Athabascan people of Alaska is the most rewarding experience she could have found. Now, she’s on a quest to find other graduates of the PSU College of Education to join her."
18 January 2023

SWISD names Jeanette Ball as lone superintendent finalist

Almost two months after Jeanette Ball’s surprise resignation as superintendent of the Judson Independent School District, the Southwest Independent School District named her as the lone finalist for its top job Tuesday.
20 December 2022

Frankford Elementary fifth graders participate in virtual drone class

Students in Rachel Robb’s fifth grade class got to do a deep dive into the mechanics of flying and building drones through a virtual presentation through the Rural STEM Initiative from the Dee Howard International Education Foundation.
17 December 2022

The Biden Administration’s New STEM Initiative: What Will It Mean for K-12 Schools?

A new Biden administration initiative aims to expand access to science, technology, engineering, math, and medical career fields through partnerships with universities, STEM companies, and nonprofit organizations.
17 December 2022

$5M DOE grant will prepare more STEM students for careers in nuclear science and security

DECEMBER 15, 2022 — The UTSA-led Consortium on Nuclear Security Technologies (CONNECT) has received a five-year, $5 million renewal grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. The funds will go toward UTSA’s efforts to educate and train the next generation...
14 December 2022

Dee Howard an aviation pioneer in SA

You wouldn’t think there would have been many firsts in flight left for someone who wasn’t born until 1920 — the year of the first transcontinental air-mail service, the first U.S. Navy flight and the first vapor trail, left by the first turbo-charged aircraft. 
14 December 2022

Texas Biomed wins designation that positions it for $100M in funding

Heightened recognition and expanded contracting could expedite the institute's $300 million strategic plan and campus expansion.
04 November 2022

UTSA faculty members selected to join national STEM leadership program

OCTOBER 31, 2022 — UTSA professors Johnelle Sparks and Saadet Toker Beeson have been named fellows in the fourth cohort of the iAspire Leadership Academy — a development program aimed at helping faculty from underrepresented groups in STEM rise to leadership roles in higher education.
17 October 2022

‘The best I can do is email you’: When this Native American family’s high-speed data ran out, their kids’ remote schooling came first

Sammy Matsaw knows all about isolation in the digital era.  Matsaw, 46, was about to graduate with a Ph.D. in water resources when the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020. A member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Matsaw lives with his wife, Jessica Matsaw, 35, and their four children in a thr...
10 October 2022

Texas Biomed strengthening STEM pipeline, igniting student interest in science

Educators want to equip students with knowledge and skills to gather data and evaluate evidence, but it’s difficult making connections in the classroom that apply to real-world scenarios.
09 October 2022

San Antonio high school student wins national award for helping bring STEM education to underserved communities

“We have a variety of different programs. We have our school year program which are live-run 40-minute lessons provided by our tutors directly to our students. And so that program is actually currently going on right now, which is great. And then we also have our summer camp program, which is aro...
30 September 2022

DHEDF Announces the launch of the Georgia Howard Culinary Arts Initiative

Dee Howard International Education Foundation is pleased to announce that it has established the Georgia Howard Culinary Arts Initiative to support Pre-K -12 Culinary Arts in general and to expose the students to the role that culinary arts plays in both Civil and Military Aviation as well as the...
27 September 2022

DHEDF Launches National Rural STEM Initiative

In May 2022 DHEDF announced the launch of a National STEM Initiative focused on Rural Schools. In September 2022, we launched the Initiative for the 2022/2023 academic year in twelve schools in nine states, over time our goal is to reach out to rural schools in all fifty states.
11 September 2022

Vice President Harris Announces Commitments to Inspire, Prepare, and Employ the Space Workforce

Today, at the second convening of the National Space Council, Vice President Kamala Harris is announcing new commitments from the U.S. government, private sector companies, education and training providers, and philanthropic organizations to support space-related STEM initiatives to inspire, prep...
10 September 2022

UTSA awarded $3M NSF grant to support Hispanic and underrepresented students in STEM

SEPTEMBER 1, 2022 — The University of Texas at San Antonio has been awarded a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study pedagogical approaches for supporting Hispanic and underrepresented students in STEM disciplines.
31 August 2022

UTSA offers new master’s program that prepares students for careers in aerospace engineering

SAN ANTONIO – This fall semester the University of Texas at San Antonio is offering a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering that will prepare students for a successful career designing aircraft, spacecraft and more.
02 August 2022

Graduate degree will prepare UTSA students for high-demand careers in aerospace engineering

AUGUST 19, 2022 — Starting this fall semester, the Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design at UTSA (the Klesse College) will offer a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. It is the college’s 13th master’s program.
30 July 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr., 2022 Recipient of the James Bryant Conant Award

Education Commission of the States is pleased to honor Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr., CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative, with the 2022 James Bryant Conant Award, in recognition of his steadfast commitment to expanding opportunity and diversifying the nation's talent pool in the STEM fie...
23 May 2022

SwRI Announces Record Levels of Research, Development Activities

May 23, 2022 — Southwest Research Institute announced a 2021 research volume of nearly $726 million, up more than 4% from 2020 and the highest recorded by the Institute. Capital expenditures were up 21%, exceeding $71 million for the first time.
06 April 2022

Navistar truck factory to officially open as early production ramps up

Strengthening San Antonio’s claim as a new hub for automotive manufacturing, Navistar’s long-awaited truck factory will celebrate its grand opening on Wednesday, though production at the site has been underway for months.
05 April 2022

Hypersonics lab at UTSA preparing students for in-demand jobs in aerospace industry

Part of what makes the UTSA Hypersonics Lab unique is the 50-foot-long, 7,000-pound Mach 7 Ludwieg Tube Wind Tunnel it houses. What makes it especially unique, however, are the students who are running the facility and are gaining invaluable experiential learning opportunities in the process.
01 April 2022

Bombardier Delivers Final Production Learjet

The final Learjet 75 rolled out of a Bombardier Wichita hangar Monday afternoon headed to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for delivery to a customer of Northern Jet Management. Just a few hours earlier, the light jet’s departure followed a 30-minute-long ceremony marking the delivery and the end of 60 ye...
01 April 2022

SwRI sponsors ITS World Congress student essay, video competition with cash prize

March 29, 2022 — Southwest Research Institute invites college students to share visions for the transformation of transportation for a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize and a paid trip to Los Angeles to attend ITS World Congress September 18-22.
01 April 2022

SwRI’s James Burch receives NASA’s highest honor

March 28, 2022 — Dr. James Burch of Southwest Research Institute has received NASA’s highest honor for nongovernment employees, its Distinguished Public Service Medal. Burch is recognized for his visionary science mission leadership in investigating the interaction of the solar wind with the magn...
28 March 2022

Blue Sky/Dee Howard EAA Air Academy Scholarship 2022 Awarded to Sophie Garza

Congratulations to Sophie Garza for receiving the Blue Sky Educational Foundation/Dee Howard Scholarship to attend the 2022 EAA Air Academy Advanced Camp during EAA AirVenture. The Camp runs from July 29, 2022 to August 6, 2022.
05 March 2022

San Diego Squared co-founder wants diverse students to know that they belong in STEM

H. Puentes is the co-founder and executive director of San Diego Squared, a nonprofit he founded with partner Bill Rastetter that works to increase diversity in STEM careers through mentoring, scholarships and other programming
25 February 2022

Senators Introduce a bill to establish the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) this week introduced S. 1752, a bill to establish the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation.
05 February 2022

KSAT Community spotlight: Dee Howard Foundation aims to preserve history of aviation in San Antonio

KSAT Community is highlighting local nonprofit, the Dee Howard Foundation as the group seeks to inspire, challenge and empower innovators in the fields of aviation and aerospace while training a skilled workforce for the San Antonio, Texas Region.
04 February 2022

NASA taps Scobee Education Center as resource to study STEM

NASA has chosen San Antonio's Scobee Education Center as a partner to provide space exploration and STEM education to traditionally undeserved areas, naming it an Informal Education Community Anchor.
31 January 2022

WE HAVE LIFT OFF!

DHEDF is pleased to announce the launch of the DHEDF website at www.dhedf.org and its social media pages to implement our mission to develop programming, resources, curriculum, and initiatives to engage primarily underserved Pre-K thru 12 students in STEAM learning based on the use of automotive ...
30 January 2022

Spring 2022 Lunar Habitat and Technology Design Competition by NWAY

In partnership with NASA, the WEX Foundation offers New Worlds Await You – a high-quality STEM program offering National STEM Challenges. 
25 January 2022

U.S. Drone Soccer Announces National Launch of Student Leagues

The mission of U.S. Drone Soccer is to make aerospace careers accessible for all students. Drone Soccer is an educational esport that immerses students in aviation skills through classroom lessons and after school leagues for grades 6-12 (ages 12 and up). 
18 January 2022

Toyota Texas San Antonio invests over $200,000 in local STEM education

SAN ANTONIO - Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas announced on Monday that they're investing over $200,000 in local STEM education.
13 December 2021

Klesse College unveils gift from The Dee Howard Foundation

The Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design (Klesse College) unveiled a gift from the Dee Howard International Education Foundation and The Dee Howard Foundation.
13 December 2021

Historic photo of Slick Airways aircraft presented to Institute Archives

The Dee Howard International Education Foundation recently gave a framed historic photograph of a Slick Airways aircraft to the Institute Archives. The ceremony occurred on 13 Dec 2021 at Southwest Research Institute. 
09 October 2021

Aviation pioneer Dee Howard’s legacy lives on at UTSA

Within the past decade, three endowments and a certification program have been established to support engineering students and faculty, including the Wayne and Julie Fagan Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering, created this year.

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