Keynote | Raising Generation STEM: Minding the Gap from K12 to University

Monday, March 20
10:20 am - 11:10 am 


In his keynote, Dr. Balyta will cover the roles that both industry and academia must play to nurture and engage a love (and understanding) of STEM among students, from K12 into university. He will share TI’s best practices, including those with its university partners, to mitigate two risks: 1) incoming university freshmen forgoing STEM majors, especially ECE and 2), if they do choose engineering as a major, lacking the right mathematical and physics foundations and/or the ability to apply math and physics concepts to complex engineering design problems. In addition to discussing what TI is doing to mind that potential gap, Dr. Balyta will touch on his own observations of what’s needed in both K12 STEM and university engineering curricula to ensure ECE students are industry-ready upon graduation.




    Peter Balyta, Ph.D.
Texas Instruments Incorporated
Vice President, Academic Engagement and Corporate Citizenship
President, Education Technology                                                                                           
Peter Balyta, Ph.D., is vice president of academic engagement and corporate citizenship for Texas Instruments, and president of its Education Technology business. He is responsible for leading teams that focus on the mission of teaching, learning and being inspired by STEM subjects and the impact TI makes in the communities in which it operates. This includes several groups and programs that span TI, all of which aim to help students develop a strong educational foundation, setting them up for future success in a workforce that increasingly demands STEM skills:

  • Education Technology, a global business that delivers market-leading science and math learning products, teacher professional development and classroom resources for the K12 market.
  • The university program, which works with university engineering faculty and students to facilitate the inclusion of TI technology in the learning experience.
  • Collaboration with university engineering research faculty to work on life-improving research projects.
  • Corporate citizenship, which is accountable for the company’s social, environmental and economic impact around the world through community and employee engagement and philanthropy. This includes investments that improve access to education and STEM subjects.

Before starting his career at TI in 2000, Balyta was a mathematics educator, math and science district supervisor and a TI Teachers Teaching with Technology™ (T³™) instructor. In his roles at TI, he has brought his enthusiasm and experience from the classroom to support and drive TI’s education vision of equipping and inspiring future generations of leaders and engineers. 

Balyta holds a Ph.D. in mathematics and technology education from McGill University; a master of science in mathematics from Concordia University; and a master of business administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. He remains an educator at heart and is passionate about engaging today’s students in STEM subjects to build the problem-solving and critical thinking skills needed for tomorrow’s workforce







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