From that perch, Beafore is uniquely suited to preach the STEM mission. That mission is simple, from his perspective: STEM not only keeps the nation strong, but it can offer a great career.
“I’ve really invested a lot of time trying to assist STEM activities for young people,” Beafore said.
You might say what drives him is the memory of a beach-ball-sized satellite —the Russian satellite Sputnik.
Launched in October 1957, the satellite stiffened American resolve to catch up to the then-Soviet Union in technology and science, Beafore remembered.
“President Kennedy saw this, and he put some technical programs in various high schools,” he recalled. “I was very lucky to take a three-year Navy electronics course, and that really launched me on my career.”
That led to a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and his career today.