Press Release

OAI Partners With AIA And NDIA To Host The Ohio Stem Call-To-Action Forum

By SpaceRef Editor
March 18, 2014
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The Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI), in partnership with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), announced  today that it will host the “Ohio Call-To-Action Forum” Tue.  and Wed., April 8-9, 2014, at OAI’s Clevelandheadquarters. 

This forum is designed to foster regional and statewide communication and develop operational concepts for collaboration to enhance and expand the future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce in Ohio.

“All sectors and organizations with a stake in STEM education and workforce development are invited to participate to advance STEM throughout the state and beyond,” said Dr. Michael Heil, president and CEO, OAI.

Ohio’s STEM programs have consistently demonstrated powerful collaboration among education, industry and government entities to better prepare the future workforce,” added Peter Larson, AIA Workforce Working Group chair and director, engineering workforce, The Boeing Company. “This is the reason why we have selected to meet in Cleveland – to showcase all of the state’s initiatives.”

Break-out sessions and topic areas will include employer perspectives, innovative approaches to K-12 STEM education, higher education initiatives, STEM outside the classroom and reaching underrepresented students.

Special guests for the program include: Ms. Barbara Snyder, president, Case Western Reserve University; Ms.Aimee Kennedy, vice president, education and STEM Learning, Battelle; Ms. Margaret Ashida, executive director, STEMx, Battelle; Mr. John Hairston, district director, 11th District Congressional Office; Mr. Ricky Peters, TITLE, Air Force Research Lab; and Mr. Jim Free, TITLE, NASA Glenn Center Director.

The cost to attend the seminar is $25 for educators, $50 for government and academia and $100 for industry. The forum also includes a tour of the NASA Glenn Research Center and a reception open to all pre-paid participants including educators and students. Register online at: or contact Rebecca Danahy via email at[email protected]  Detailed information can also be found at the events section of

This forum is made possible through support from leading aerospace and defense companies including Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman.

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America’s leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA is proud to provide a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on National Security issues. Our members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training and support for our warfighters and first responders through our divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations and events.

Founded in 1919 shortly after the birth of flight, the Aerospace Industries Association  is the most authoritative and influential trade association representing the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft systems, space systems, aircraft engines, homeland and cybersecurity systems, material and related components, equipment services and information technology.

The Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) is a non-profit organization that enhances the aerospace competitiveness of its corporate partners and university members through research and technology development, workforce preparedness and engagement with global networks for innovation and advocacy. OAI’s industry membership program is the largest of its kind in the Great Lakes region. For more information, visit


SpaceRef staff editor.