Florida’s Harris Corporation today supported National Engineers Week by participating in STEM Day at the Capitol, an event promoting science, technology, engineering and math education, in Tallahassee, Florida.
“STEM Day at the Capitol provides an opportunity to educate attendees on the importance of education, which shines a light on the important contributions scientists and engineers make every day,” William Brown, chairman, president and CEO of Harris Corporation, said. “STEM-related skills are vital not only to the future of our company, but also to the future of our state and country. We strongly support the Florida government’s efforts to increase funding and expand STEM education initiatives to help drive innovation in our future.”
Giving lawmakers and students a chance to become more keenly aware of the importance of STEM education, Harris not only designed many of the event’s exhibits, but is also sponsoring several other events during National Engineers Week, or “EWeek," which runs through Friday. The company's contributions are meant to acknowledge the work of its global team of 9,000 scientists and engineers, and hopefully inspire the next generation of pioneers.
The company is also holding seminars, team exercises and other activities at its sites—even sponsoring software coding competitions.
From its early days as a printing business started 120 years ago, Harris has evolved to its current status as a defense contractor and technology provider for the space, weather and air traffic management industries. Based in Melbourne, it employs more than 6,000 Floridians—with over half graduating from Florida schools—and has contributed more than $8 million to the state’s institutions of higher learning to further STEM education.