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CEO at SAIC Becomes Involved In Educating Children For Technology Careers

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: 03 June, 2010  (Company News)
Non-Profit Organisation for inspiring school aged children to take up careers in science and engineering gains SAIC executive as board chairman
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has announced that Chief Executive Officer Walt Havenstein has been elected as chairman of the board of directors for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

FIRST works to inspire students from kindergarten through high school to be science and technology leaders. The organization hosts events including robotics competitions at local, regional and national levels, engaging students in mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, and encourage innovation. As chairman, Havenstein will develop new partnerships and mentorships with the goal of creating and maintaining robust, volunteer-driven and self-sustaining programs. He has been a member of the FIRST Board of Directors since 2006.

'Walt brings such a wealth of knowledge to our organization,' said Kamen, founder of FIRST and CEO of DEKA Research and Development. 'I am looking forward to benefiting from the wisdom and experience that Walt adds to our team of directors and I am excited to see what great things will happen for FIRST and the community under Walt's leadership.'

As part of its enterprise-wide program to help inspire, engage and educate students in K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, SAIC formed a strategic relationship with FIRST in January 2010. Through participation in these programs, employee volunteers across the nation from SAIC and other companies can encourage the development of problem solving, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning skills in students K-12, and provide them with a foundation and proven path to college, and career success in STEM-related fields. Havenstein's appointment as chairman further underscores SAIC's commitment to these initiatives.

'For America to remain economically competitive, our next generation of leaders must develop the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them productive. FIRST addresses this challenge, inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders,' said Havenstein. 'I look forward to furthering my support of FIRST, as they continue to inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership - skills at the heart of today's high-tech, high-skill global economy.'
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