Professor Roecklein-Canfield Appointed to STEM Advisory Council

April 18, 2017

Jenna Canfield

We're excited to announce Professor Jenna Roecklein-Canfield's appointment to the MA STEM Advisory Council!

Jenna Roecklein-Canfield, Professor and Department Chair of Chemistry and Physics at Simmons, and a leader in promoting STEM education among young women, was appointed to the Massachusetts STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Advisory Council recently by Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

Professor Roecklein-Canfield was appointed to the STEM Advisory Council by Lt. Governor Polito, who serves as the advisory council’s co-chair, following her visit to Simmons’ campus in December 2016. Lt. Governor Polito toured Simmons’ science facilities, met with faculty and students, and learned more about the school’s efforts to engage women in STEM learning and careers.

"It is an honor to be named to the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council,” said Professor Roecklein- Canfield. “I look forward to joining my colleagues in academia as well as other talented individuals from the public and private sectors to work on our shared goal of increasing access to high-quality STEM learning opportunities for students across the Commonwealth. As a representative of Simmons, I believe I bring a special passion and commitment to ensuring that girls and young women are who pursue STEM careers are fully prepared to meet the needs of the 21st Century workforce.”

Established by M.G.L. Chapter 6, Section 218, the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council is comprised of individuals from academia, business, and government who seek to expand access to high-quality STEM education for students across the Commonwealth. 

“STEM industries continue to grow rapidly across the Commonwealth and help strengthen our nation-leading innovation economy,” said Governor Baker. “In order for Massachusetts to continue capitalizing in STEM, it’s important we continue to expose our students to these industries and I look forward to the work the advisory council will take on this year."

Learn more about the Professor Roecklein-Canfield's appointment to the MA STEM Advisory Council.