STEMatState: Saving Lives through Advanced Engineering


Did you know that the Department of State uses 3-D printing technology to create models of landmines and military ordnance to train demining technicians on how to safely clear explosive remnants of war in post-conflict countries around the world?

Learn more about the Department of State’s efforts in STEM on DipNote and at

Did you know that U.S. Embassy Nairobi has an onsite wetland that treats wastewater? Did you know that U.S. Consulate General Tijuana incorporates local and drought-resistant plants into its landscaping to drastically reduce its monthly water use? Learn more about how our embassies around the world are using science and technology to become more eco-friendly on DipNote!

This post is one of a series showcasing the application of science, technology, engineering, and math fields to the Department mission. The Department will have an exhibit in the USA Science and Engineering Festival, April 26-27, where K-12 students can talk to Department scientists and see first-hand some of the technologies referenced in the series. To learn more about the Department of State’s efforts in STEM, visit

You represent some of the brightest minds that are aiming at the brightest stars in the sky… Be the next women to take the reins and succeed!
Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan on girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
TechWomen Collaborate, Code, and Connect in Jordan

TechWomen program participants pose for a photograph in Amman, Jordan, February 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Lee Satterfield serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cultural and Professional Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Last week in Jordan, 50 women from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Yemen and the United States came together to map out ways in which they could use the TechWomen network to encourage more women and girls to pursue professions in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM).

TechWomen is a program sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that pairs emerging women leaders in technology from the Middle East and North Africa with leading American women from the Silicon Valley area, using technology as a means to empower women and girls.… more »