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International Titanium Association, Smithsonian Museum to Collaborate on ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast, to Air March 16th

The Education Committee of the International Titanium Association (ITA), in cooperation with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C., is sponsoring a webcast "STEM in 30." The first STEM in 30 webcast is slated for Wednesday, March 16 at 11 a.m., and then will be reprised at 1 p.m. EST.

The STEM in 30 webcast may be viewed live on the Smithsonian's website at or the live broadcast may also be viewed on the NASA TV at website The program will also be archived on this website for future viewing. STEM in 30 webcasts are online learning experiences, but are filmed in front of a live audience. If you are interested in bringing your school group to a live filming of STEM in 30, please email STEM in 30 at email address

The ITA is a strong advocate of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and workforce development. The STEM education movement has gained traction in the United States in recent years-a curriculum designed to cultivate students, female and male, in the skills needed for 21st century manufacturing and engineering fields.

STEM in 30 is an interactive classroom program consisting of 30-minute live webcasts that will engage middle school students in STEM topics. Students will be able to chat with experts, submit their questions to be answered live, take a poll, discover related content, and participate in follow-up activities.

Dr. Markus Holz, the co-chair of the ITA's Education Committee, explained that the innovative STEM in 30 education program "enables the ITA to reach out to young professionals at an international level and enhance their careers in a flexible, state-of-the-art manner and support the development of future leaders in the titanium industry worldwide."

Content for the initial STEM in 30 webcast will focus on the development of the legendary Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. It also will feature a conversation with Stanley Seagle, a lifelong executive in the titanium industry. Built of titanium, the futuristic SR-71 Blackbird is the world's fastest jet-propelled aircraft. Unveiled in 1966, it was designed as a long-range reconnaissance aircraft with a top speed in excess of 2,000 miles per hour and a range of more than 3,000 miles. SR-71 Blackbird's performance and operational achievements placed it at the pinnacle of aviation technology developments during the Cold War.

Seagle has been involved in titanium industry since the industrialization of the metal in the early 1950's. He spent the early portion of his career in technical research, formulating titanium alloys. He eventually transitioned into marketing and focused on developing titanium applications for various industries. After 38 years, he retired from the business and pursued consulting work, which included instructing hundreds of professionals in the ITA's "Fundamentals of Titanium" workshop series. In 2001 he was honored with ITA's prestigious "Titanium Lifetime Achievement Award."

Jennifer Simpson, executive director of the ITA, said "the first webinar will focus on the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and will be the first of three productions the ITA will sponsor in cooperation with the Smithsonian Museum in 2016. The next segment will focus on the Mars Rovers, followed by a segment dedicated to Moon Rocks. We would like to thank Service Steel Aerospace for providing the titanium and steel samples we will use for the first broadcast. Our success is dependent on the support we receive from our membership to make these projects possible."

The Co-Chairs for ITA's Education Committee are Dr. Markus Holz is President, AMG's Engineering Systems & Division CEO, ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH and Mr. Graham Walker, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for AMETEK - Reading Alloys. Both also serve on the ITA's executive board. Jennifer Simpson is the executive director of the International Titanium Association. Michael Gabriele is a freelance writer on behalf of ITA. For more information on the ITA Education committee, please visit or contact 1-303-404-2221.


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