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CEEís President Named 100 Top Women Leaders in STEM by U.S. News and STEMConnector

The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) has contributed to the scientific leadership of this country since itís founding in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover, the father of the nuclear navy and civilian uses of nuclear power, and Joann DiGennaro, CEEís President. Together, they recognized that nurturing young scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science and technology was an essential investment in our national and global future.

Vienna, VA, July 26, 2012 --( Joann DiGennaro, President, Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) was honored by U.S. News and STEMConnector as one of 100 Top Women Leaders in STEM on June 28th in Texas at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Leadership Summit. She was inducted in the 100 Women in STEM Hall of Fame.

Ms. DiGennaro was selected for 100 Top Women Leaders in STEM for being a respected leader of a non-profit who has made significant professional contributions in STEM. Over the last 30 years, she has advanced the STEM cause both nationally and internationally. A champion for support of high achieving students in science and math, she has also made STEM opportunities available to increase young female scholars.

“On behalf of the Center for Excellence in Education, I am honored to receive the 100 Top Women Leaders in STEM recognition,” said Joann DiGennaro. “I have tried in my career to encourage secondary school and university scholars along with teachers in STEM to foster creativity in science and technology with a rigorous liberal arts education. Thousands of achieving science and math students have attended the Center’s programs at no cost to them.”

Since 1983, Joann DiGennaro has led CEE and established the Research Science Institute (RSI) offered in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), collaboratively sponsored with Purdue University, and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP), a program supported by public and private partnerships.

Ms. DiGennaro has negotiated educational science programs with 52 nations to date. She has inaugurated the RSI in China, Bulgaria, India, and Saudi Arabia and helped to establish secondary school programs for gifted and talented students in Singapore and Israel.

DiGennaro inaugurated the Research Science Initiative in China with Fudan University and in India at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) in collaboration with the PSBB Millennium Group of Schools. Under the leadership of Ms. DiGennaro, the Saudi Research Science Institute (S-RSI) was inaugurated in 2011 at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. It is the first STEM program in the nation where female scholars study alongside their male counterparts.
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