CLEMSON — Congratulations are pouring in for Clemson University’s Tom Peters, who has been invited to attend a White House summit aimed at shaping federal support for education in the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

Tom Peters

Tom Peters

The State-Federal STEM Summit runs June 25-26 and is hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Peters will join more than 150 of his colleagues from states, territories and tribes across the country at the summit. The dialogue is expected to focus on federal STEM education plans and the best use of STEM education resources for states to grow their STEM programs.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to be a representative for our state,” Peters said.

Peters is executive director of South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science, which is housed in Clemson’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.

The coalition serves as the umbrella organization for a statewide network that promotes STEM education through a raft of programs that include research, teacher training and community events. Among the coalition’s annual events is iMAGINE Upstate, a STEM festival in downtown Greenville for students in preschool through high school.

The White House invitation is the latest in a string of honors for Peters. The coalition celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Statehouse in Columbia, where Gov. Henry McMaster signed a March 7 proclamation declaring it STEM Education Day.

In 2016, Peters was selected as one of the first six members of the STEMx Advisory Board, a national STEM education network managed by Battelle Education.

Peters is also part of a statewide group, SC INCLUDES, that is laying the groundwork to better prepare students for calculus, a basic requirement for an engineering degree.

Robert Jones, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, congratulated Peters on the invitation to the White House summit.

“This is a reflection of  Dr. Peters’ leadership in STEM education,” Jones said. “He will bring to the summit critical perspective in aligning state and federal STEM policies and programs.”

Anand Gramopadhye, dean of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, said it shows Peters’ work is being recognized for the transformative impact it is having on STEM education in South Carolina.

“This is a testament to his years of hard work, passion for change in education and creating a coalition that is being recognized nationally,” Gramopadhye said. “I am glad we have him at Clemson.”

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