Members of industry, academia, and policy makers are expected to attend this event to explore ways of addressing the shortage of STEM skills in our workforce, especially our future workforce. Over the past ten years demand for workers in STEM fields has grown at a rate three times faster than the demand for workers in other industries. That is impressive growth. Many of these jobs are high-paying positions. (Engineering fields always top lists of best paying jobs with bachelors degrees) We really need to figure out why there is a lack of interest in these fields and see if this can be fixed. Otherwise we are going to have to import more engineers from other countries to fill these positions.