Rick McMaster, Ambassador to ACM
Rick McMaster, Ph.D., P.E., is retired IBMer, and was the STEM advocate in IBM’s University Programs Worldwide. He has had a broad range of experience from worldwide technology development, microprocessor design, technology marketing, business process development, and internal and client education development and delivery to his last role at IBM that included working with PK-12 and universities to enhance student interest in STEM and entrepreneurship. Rick is on the Corporate Management Council of the ASEE as well as their K-12 SIG, and a member of the NSTA. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Connecticut and is licensed in Computer and Electrical Engineering by the state of Texas. Rick is also certified as a project manager by the Project Management Institute which he applies as the chair of the local technical education outreach program, Central Texas Discover Engineering. CTDE brings engineers and other technical professionals to Texas classrooms and other venues to encourage over 10,000 students annually in their study of STEM. Rick is an advisor to both WGBH’s Design Squad Nation and WNET’s Cyberchase, and a contributor to MIT’s BLOSSOMS and the monthly MIT STEM Pals Newsletter.