About the National Academy of Future STEM Innovators

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education plays a critical role in enabling the United States to remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace of the 21st century.

Innovation in science and technology has always been a cornerstone of growth in the United States and scientific curiosity has resulted in incredible and impactful discoveries. Albert Einstein, one of America’s greatest geniuses to date noted, “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”

The Academy was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of vital careers in emerging science and technology fields.
The Academy provides students with compelling educational material and experiences to help prepare students for the challenges ahead and keep them focused and true to their dreams. Most Academy services are entirely free of charge.

Among the free services are online social networks through which these future scientists and technologists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by leaders in science and technology; communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances; skills acquisition; internships; career guidance; and much more.

The Academy is proud to provide full academic scholarships to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders to students who are selected by their teacher or guidance counselor based on their leadership ability, academic achievement, and dedication to science and technology. In addition, the Academy offers partial scholarships for all students based on financial need.

The National Academy of Future STEM Innovators is a membership organization chartered to inspire and support high-achieving high school students who wish to devote their lives to the sciences and technology. The Academy pays taxes, accepts no taxpayer assistance or private subsidies, and is entirely self-sustaining through tuition from academic seminars and conferences. The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders and the National Academy of Future STEM Innovators are programs of Bottega University of Salt Lake City, UT.

John C. Mather, Ph.D.

Dr. Mather serves as Science Director of the Academy.

Winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, Dr. Mather studied cosmic microwave background radiation and received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California.

As a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, Dr. Mather led a team to propose the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite mission to study cosmic microwave background radiation. This work, for which he won a Nobel Prize, helped cement the Big Bang theory of the universe. According to the Nobel Prize committee, “the COBE project can also be regarded as the starting point for cosmology as a precision science.”

Dr. Mather has served on advisory and working groups for the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.

In 2007, Mather was listed among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World. In October 2012, he was listed again by Time magazine in a special issue on New Space Discoveries as one of 25 most influential people in space.

John C Mather speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Mary Beth Finn, Ed.D.

Dr. Mary Beth Finn is the Vice President/Provost of Bottega University. She is also an accreditation specialist, instructor, and course designer for the university.

Dr. Finn has over thirty years of professional experience as an administrator in universities, during which time she has overseen the curriculum, conduct, course progression, and completion and graduation of approximately 45,000 students. Her instruction has included both campus and online instruction in a variety of education, criminal justice, business, and academic success and strategy courses. In addition, she has also had over 30 years of experience in academic affairs, admissions, compliance and accreditation, and student affairs, as well as curriculum design and development.

Dr. Finn has had the opportunity to support the education of thousands of students through her work in recruiting new enrollments and assessing programs for student success. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for student satisfaction and success, while also teaching business, homeland security, criminal justice, accounting, and professional development courses. In addition, she has taught management courses for NASA at the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center and the Naval Base in Pensacola, Florida.

Pat McLagan, M.Ed.

Ms. Pat McLagan currently serves as Director of Educational Design.

Ms. McLagan is an award­-winning management consultant, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. A Fortune Magazine top 20 global executive called her work “seminal…leading to coherence, of culture and purpose… liberating.”

She has helped implement major change, leadership, and strategy management initiatives in organizations as diverse as the General Electric Company, 3M, NASA, SABMiller, The US Defense Intelligence Agency, AT&T, Citibank, and the State of Georgia (USA).

She is the 15th person and second woman inducted into the Human Resource Development (HRD) Hall of Fame, is an elected member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, and one of 100 “Inspiring Minds for a Century” from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development.

She has received many leadership awards, including the American Society for Training and Development’s highest award for professional and community contribution and the 2012 Thought Leader Award by the Instructional Systems Association.

She holds degrees in English literature (BA, Phi Beta Kappa) and adult education (MA) from the University of Minnesota, is an honorary Professor of Human Resource Management and has served on many professional jour­nal advisory boards.  She is featured as one of Tom Peters “Cool Friends.”

Her papers and articles have appeared in T+D Magazine, MWorld and The President (American Management Association), the Journal for Quality and Participation, Government Executive Magazine, The Conference Board, World Business Academy Perspectives, and in other publications and handbooks.

Ms. McLagan has served on the governing boards of the American Society for Training and Development, the Instructional Systems Association, and the Minneapolis United Way, and is past chair of the board of directors for the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundatio

For Profit vs Non Profit

The Academy is part of the quickly growing trend of “socially responsible tax-paying organizations,” having incorporated social responsibility into our founding and activities.

We believe that if we are efficient, if we demand responsible practices at every level and, above all, if we hold ourselves to the highest ethical conduct, we can achieve tremendous, long-term successes for students who wish to serve humanity as scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

  • No burden on the taxpayer. Part of the taxes you pay goes to support every organization that pays no taxes;

  • No grant money. We ask for no money from public organizations, leaving that money available for other purposes.

Instead, we will self-fund all our free services and millions of dollars of full scholarships each year, all using tuition money from events we sponsor.

We have the greatest respect for the work of the thousands of non-profit charities and educational institutions that improve the future of our citizens and humanity.

We believe government and the nonprofit sector are necessary to address society’s greatest challenges but require additional assistance. It is this higher purpose to which we commit ourselves; our impact on society, our employees and the community.

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