The senior seminar keynote speaker for Northwest Nazarene University’s science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) graduates will be Chancellor of Montana Tech and professional engineer Donald Blackketter, Ph.D. Blackketter will address the challenges that face American STEM education at the April 18 presentation.
“My presentation will build on my experience as a student, faculty member and administrator at several institutions. I will talk about the general state of STEM education in the US, exemplars, and may even include some theological ponderings and opinions related to sciences and engineering education,” said Blackketter.
Even though employment opportunities, salaries, and recruitment rates have increased in America over the last several decades, the number of science and engineering graduates has plateaued. Addressing questions like, “Why are we seeing this trend?” “What are universities doing wrong?” and “What is NNU doing right?” Blackketter offers an expert perspective on this important topic facing American higher education.
Blackketter, chancellor of Montana Tech since June 2011, served 22 years at the University of Idaho as a mechanical engineering faculty member, department chair and dean of the College of Engineering. Dr. Blackketter brought extensive teaching and research experience to Montana Tech after having held leadership roles at the National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology (NIATT) and NIATT’s Center for Clean Vehicle Technology from 1998 to 2005. Blackketter is a registered professional engineer in Idaho and Mont. and a former Fulbright Scholar. He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1985, 1986, and 1989, respectively.
Dr. Blackketter’s presentation is open to the public and will be held Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jackson Lecture Hall of the Thomas Family Health & Science Center, 603 Dewey St., on NNU’s campus.