OC STEM recently received a very generous donation from the United States Society on Dams (USSD)! USSD is a world class organization of engineering professionals dedicated to advancing the environmentally sustainable science of planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of dams, levees and associated civil engineering projects. They work to resolve the world’s most critical resource problem: access to clean water. USSD is proud to support local STEM programs in each community where they hold an annual conference. Promoting science, technology, engineering and math education is one of the many core commitments USSD and its members have to creating the next generation of the world’s best problem solvers.

Leyla Riley, Executive Director of OC STEM, attended the reception at USSD’s 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition held at the Anaheim Marriott on Wednesday, April 5th. The 5-day conference is an opportunity for dam and levee engineers to present professional papers, attend workshops, and network with engineers from all over the country. This year’s theme was “‘It’s a Small World: Managing Our Water Resources’ which points to how the world is connected to a finite amount of water resources, especially fresh water. With so many interconnected competing interests for our limited water resources, collaboration from a diverse population is a necessity — just as the “It’s a Small World” attraction at Disneyland showcases cultural diversity and international unity.”

OC STEM was presented with a check for $4,755 during the Wednesday night reception. Huge thanks to USSD for their active support of STEM! OC STEM is excited to put the funds to excellent use in building and supporting STEM initiatives in Orange County.

Check out USSD’s website to learn more about their mission and work.