President Highlights Infrastructure, STEM and BIM

In his State of the Union Address last week, President Barack Obama focused on the importance of the nation’s infrastructure; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education; and even made a reference to the power of building information modeling (BIM).

The President highlighted repairing our nation’s bridges and roads. Citing the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Report Card for America’s Infrastructure and the nation’s current grade of “D”, he called for America’s return as an international leader in strong infrastructure.

Strong applause came following his statement about the importance of science: “We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair.” The President called for renewed attention to restore the country’s prominence in math and science education, including the preparation of 100,000 new teachers in the STEM fields.

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