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Goal 3. Educate, train, and connect the materials R&D workforce

A woman working on a laptopFederal agencies have successfully encouraged and supported education and research programs that integrate and iterate between computation, experiment, and data-driven research, providing essential experiences for the next-generation MGI workforce.

Going forward, the MGI has the potential to further lead the charge to transform education and training by tackling persistent challenges in academia, including recruitment and retention, mastery of fundamental technical skills, and broader skills involving communication, ethics, shared leadership, and an awareness of cultural, social, environmental, and economic implications of materials.

Objective 1.
Address Current Challenges in Materials R&D Education

  • Incorporate the MGI approach into undergraduate education

  • Enhance foundational K-12 STEM education
    • Foster training in data science for K-12 science educators.

    • Develop MGI educational materials for science museums, scouting, science fairs, and other extracurricular experiences.

    • Unify, refine, and amplify materials and MGI-relevant disciplinary programs for K-12 students and educators.

  • Promote MGI-savvy curricula development.

  • Create an MGI Educators Network.

  • Enable MGI-focused undergraduate research and capstone experiences.

  • Deepen ties and outreach to community colleges.

  • Develop MGI practitioners through graduate education
    • Develop and disseminate effective interdisciplinary programs and practices in data enabled materials research, education, and training.

    • Promote interdisciplinary graduate certificates with skills sets relevant to industry.

    • Foster MGI-relevant internship and other experiential learning opportunities.

MGI Impact Story

An MGI-powered curriculum



Objective 2.
Train the Next-Generation Workforce

  • Promote and support continuing education, vocational, and summer school programs to maximize the impact of rapidly-evolving MGI-tools.

  • Develop opportunities to retrain mid-career professionals through MGI sabbaticals.

  • Foster programs to cross-train scientists and engineers in research translation, entrepreneurship, technology transfer, and commercialization.

MGI Impact Story

Workforce development through Federal partnerships


Objective 3.
Connect Talent to Opportunity

  • Ensure a diverse and inclusive materials workforce
    • Identify effective programs and fill in gaps.

    • Increase attraction and cultivation of a diverse and inclusive workforce.

  • Form partnerships for MGI workforce development
    • Enhance and expand partnerships between academia, national laboratories, and industry.

    • Foster cross-fertilization of expertise and knowledge along the materials development continuum from discovery, to design, to manufacturing, to deployment.