LMI Aerospace, Inc.

"We believe that student and educator enrichment programs provide unique experiences that reinforce interest in and appreciation of the STEM disciplines. The need in the US for innovation and creativity in the areas of STEM is greater than ever before. This challenge will only be met as our educators are given the resources to inventively challenge students to excel in STEM and as our students, with the skills required to succeed in STEM, choose professions where they can effectively use these skills. Therefore, we are resolute in our commitment to advancing STEM education by seeking opportunities that provide hands-on student learning which can ultimately influence the career orientation of students toward STEM careers."

- Daniel G. Korte, CEO

Why is your company signing the Commitment to Excellence?

As a leading provider of design engineering services, structural components, assemblies and kits to the aerospace, defense and technology industries, we thrive on innovation and depend on professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to remain strong and viable. In order for the US aerospace industry to continue to be the world’s innovation leader and maintain a competitive edge globally, we must identify ways to positively influence the career orientation of our K-12 students towards STEM careers and improve and support our STEM education curriculum. Initiatives such as Change the Equation and other STEM programs offer us an unmatched opportunity to help develop young scientific minds and strengthen our workforce in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the decades to come.

What are your company’s specific PreK-12 STEM interests (e.g. computer programming, robotics, engineering, etc.)?

LMIA’s primary interest is in the areas of engineering, engineering technology, information technology and robotics.

What PreK-12 STEM programs, particularly those contained in STEMworks, does your company support?

LMIA supports STEMworks programs Project Lead the Way and UTeach. We also support local FIRST Robotics Teams, the Students and Teachers as Research Scientist program hosted by the University of Missouri, St. Louis, Team America Rocketry Challenge, Teach for America, various university and college scholarship programs, the Academy of Science-St. Louis Science Fair and Raisbeck Aviation High School in Seattle, Washington.

Please share ways in which your company collaborates with state/local organizations or other companies around STEM learning.

LMIA currently collaborates with St. Louis Community College and Ameren-St. Louis to support and provide the annual Project Lead the Way competition for local high school students. LMIA partners with Clemson University to provide the annual Career Workshop program, on the Clemson campus, which introduces middle and high school students to STEM careers. Also, LMIA partners with several local universities, within the communities in which we operate, to offer intern and co-op programs to high performing students majoring in Engineering.