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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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President Sidney A. Ribeau to Address Department of Defense's STEM Summit
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WASHINGTON (October 28, 2012) – Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau will serve as the keynote speaker at the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Diversity STEM Summit  in downtown Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Nov. 1.

The Diversity STEM Summit will examine issues related to the Defense Department’s technical workforce of the future and shaping the workforce’s demographic profile. The Summit will explore ways to enhance recruiting capabilities, and effective practices to increase participation by women and minorities and ways to leverage existing STEM programs.

President Ribeau will highlight the robust STEM and defense-related research at Howard, and the University’s longstanding role in diversifying the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Howard produces more minority doctoral graduates in computer science than any other university in the nation. President Ribeau will address the importance of internships and apprenticeships in the preparation of students for jobs in STEM areas.

The Diversity STEM Summit is jointly hosted by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research, the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, and the Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity. The Summit will take place at KPMG’s Washington location at 1801 K. St., NW.

“We are excited to have the President of Howard University address our DoD community and stakeholders on Education & STEM-Who Fills the Jobs,” said Karen Harper, director of STEM Integration, Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity. 

Harper said President Ribeau’s commitment to student excellence at Howard University and his effort to focus and enhance the university’s interdisciplinary STEM programs demonstrates his vision of a strong future for the university.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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