Letter from the Chairman | September 2018 Membership Meeting
Thank you to all of the members and guests who came out to the September 27th SCSA membership meeting and the social following.
As those of you in attendance know, the vibe in the room was exciting, our guest speakers DE DOE Secretary Dr. Susan Bunting and DFSME’s Dr. Randy Guschl delivered great messages and were engaging, the discussions were passionate, great conversations continued at the Social immediately following the meeting, and of course, I missed it all… I was not in attendance L
Although I did miss the meeting, I was provided an update on the meeting and I can tell you that the Board is extremely energized from your passion. We are working on getting the meeting minutes typed up and should have them posted on SussexSTEM.org in the coming week or so.
So, why did I miss the meeting?? Well I’m glad you were wondering and I swear it was STEM related!!!
I had the privilege of participating in two panels at the DV/NJ HIMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society) regional conference that same day. The first was a keynote CIO Panel discussion emerging healthcare problems and how we’re using technology to solve these issues… This panel followed the event’s keynote speaker, Dr. Donald Rucker who is the National Coordinator of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) who discussed how the federal government was looking at technology and innovations to improve healthcare (safety, quality outcomes, and cost reduction).
The second panel discussed the importance of cyber security in the healthcare industry. Our nation has such a deficit of cyber security talent (supply) to fill the vast number of open vacancies to fill (demand). Analysts predict global shortages will be in the millions by 2020… one report stated by 2021, there will be 3.5 MILLION unfilled jobs world-wide. In the US alone, we’re expecting to have a deficit of a half million ourselves. https://www.csoonline.com/article/3200024/security/cybersecurity-labor-crunch-to-hit-35-million-unfilled-jobs-by-2021.html
In all of our different industries organizations are looking for innovative technologies to help them solve their challenges and regardless of the actual number of the shortage of cyber security professionals, our kids in Sussex County have a very bright (and lucrative) future ahead of them in the world of STEM and YOU are a key stakeholder to make this happen!
Thank you for what you do every day to help advance STEM in Sussex County… together we are working to fulfill my vision for “Sussex County Delaware to be among the national leaders in STEM awareness, advocacy and advancement.”
Thank you for your continued support,
Michael J Maksymow, Jr.
Sussex County STEM Alliance, Inc.