National STEM Education Advocate To Serve As Harrisburg University Commencement Speaker

One of the nation’s champions for improving student’s access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the nation,  will serve as the speaker for the 2017 Commencement at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, PA.

Kumar Garg, a Senior Fellow at the Society for Science & the Public,  will deliver the remarks to the Class of 2017 during the ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 11th at the Forum Auditorium in Harrisburg, PA.

The Class of 2017 will consist of approximately 410 students.  It is the University’s 10th Commencement exercises.  The University first graduating class consisted of nine students in 2007.

At the Society, where Garg is a leading policymaker and strategist to the Society’s mission of cultivating scientific understanding among children and adults. Established in 1921, Society is a nonprofit whose vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement.

Prior to that position, Garg helped shape science and technology policy for the Obama Administration for nearly eight years, serving in a variety of roles in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). He lead the Obama Administration’s efforts to bolster science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, including the Educate to Innovate campaign with over $1 billion in in-kind and philanthropic investment, development of major State of the Union initiatives to train 100,000 excellent STEM teachers and bring computer science to all K-12 students, and creation of iconic events such as the White House Science Fair.

Garg supervised a team of twenty staff with portfolios ranging from biotechnology, entrepreneurship, space, advanced manufacturing, broadband, nanotechnology, behavioral sciences, the Maker Movement, digital media, prizes and broader innovation policy. As a senior leader at OSTP, Garg was involved in policy-development, implementation and communication of a wide range of science and technology issues, including events with the President.

Prior to his time in government, Garg worked on behalf of parents and children seeking educational reform as an education lawyer and advocate. Garg received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Yale Law School.