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Hawkeye Community College to Host Diversity in STEM Conference March 29

posted on Monday, March 4, 2019 in  College News

WATERLOO–Hawkeye Community College will host the annual Diversity in STEM Conference on Friday, March 29, 8:30am-2:30pm in Tama Hall on Hawkeye’s Main Campus, 1501 E. Orange Road, Waterloo. Keynote speaker is author and former NASA scientist Kantis Simmons.

Simmons is passionate about science, education, and STEM careers. He has been part of developing products for Mobil Chemical Company, creating contact lens products for CIBA Vision, and worked to improve aircraft, space shuttles, and military jets for NASA’s Langley Research Center.

Now, he has placed himself on the front lines of an educational crisis, as he aims to reinvigorate STEM education, change student drop-out rates, slow the teacher turnover trend, and put an end to the student loan debt epidemic.

Through his “Play Your ‘A’ Game” academic success program, schools are seeing 15-25 percent improvement in student performance and test scores. His “Pay for College” funding strategies are helping to better equip families to pay for college, and his “Educate to Elevate” teacher motivation program is making a difference among educators.

Simmons has a master’s degree in polymer science and engineering from Lehigh University and another in textile and fiber engineering from Georgia Tech.

General admission is $25, including lunch. Students may attend for free (optional lunch for $5). Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, visit  


  1. Diversity and Inclusion
  2. Diversity in STEM
  3. STEM
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