Innovation is an increasingly important factor in the growth of world economies. It is especially important in key economic sectors like manufacturing, materials, energy, biotechnology, healthcare, networks, and professional and business services. The advances in and applications of the mathematical sciences have become drivers of innovation as new systems and methodologies have become more complex. As mathematics drives innovation, it also drives careers.
Students are an obvious group that is interested in opportunities for meaningful and challenging careers. To increase awareness of the opportunities for careers using mathematics, we sent two copies of this year’s Mathematics Awareness Month poster to nearly 4,000 individuals who are in daily contact with college students in STEM majors.