subscribe to ENR magazine subscribe
contact us
advertise
careers industry jobs
events events
FAQ
Mcgraw Hill Construction
ENR Logo
SUBSCRIBE TODAY
& receive immediate web access
comment

Dean Allen: Contractor CEO Gives Root To Careers in STEM Fields

Text size: A A
----- Advertising -----

Dean C. Allen, CEO of Seattle-based mechanical contractor McKinstry, doesn't want to hear that job candidates don't need to be good at math or that science isn't for everyone.

ALLEN

To help students and faculty focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers, and to boost the quality of job candidates for his firm and other state employers, he was instrumental in launching the advocacy group WashingtonSTEM. In a state starting to rival Silicon Valley as a technology incubator, its mission has caught on.

Board members include executives from state-based firms such as Boeing, Intel, Microsoft and McKinstry competitor Lease Crutcher Lewis, with Wall Street brokers and technology entrepreneurs as partners.

They've pledged $100 million over the next decade to rejuvenate STEM instruction at all levels of education, in and out of the classroom.

"It seemed like the world was not taking on the problem in a broad enough way. … Every kid needs to get out of high school reasonably competent in math and science," says Allen, WashingtonSTEM board president. "I felt McKinstry could have a real strong voice in that."

Allen "seeks out opportunities to bring bold innovation and business savvy to STEM education through enduring partnerships with education, business and philanthropic communities," says Mike Delaney, a Boeing engineering vice president. "Boeing's competitiveness relies on our highly skilled workforce and their well-developed problem-solving and collaborative skills."

Mary Alice Heuschel, former public schools superintendent in Renton, Wash., and now chief of staff for newly inaugurated Gov. Jay Inslee (D), cites Allen's "visionary leadership" as driving WashingtonSTEM's fast-growing influence, in the state and nationwide, since its spring 2011 launch.

Allen says that while involvement of major firms is invaluable, showing that small contractors and even unions want change makes legislators pay attention.

"This is not about a couple of big companies wanting a tax break," he says. "This is something all businesses want for every student in our state."

 

Keywords:

----- Advertising -----
  Blogs: ENR Staff   Blogs: Other Voices  
Critical Path: ENR's editors and bloggers deliver their insights, opinions, cool-headed analysis and hot-headed rantings
Project Leads/Pulse

Gives readers a glimpse of who is planning and constructing some of the largest projects throughout the U.S. Much information for pulse is derived from McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge.

For more information on a project in Pulse that has a DR#, or for general information on Dodge products and services, please visit our Website at www.dodge.construction.com.

Information is provided on construction projects in following stages in each issue of ENR: Planning, Contracts/Bids/Proposals and Bid/Proposal Dates.

View all Project Leads/Pulse »

 Reader Comments:

Sign in to Comment

To write a comment about this story, please sign in. If this is your first time commenting on this site, you will be required to fill out a brief registration form. Your public username will be the beginning of the email address that you enter into the form (everything before the @ symbol). Other than that, none of the information that you enter will be publically displayed.

We welcome comments from all points of view. Off-topic or abusive comments, however, will be removed at the editors’ discretion.