Jan. 9, 2018: Jeff Weld has been appointed as a Senior Policy Adviser and Assistant Director for STEM Education at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as a Staff Associate at the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation (NSF), effective on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. His appointments are effective through Dec. 10, 2018. Weld is the Executive Director of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. Cindy Dietz, the Director of Business Communications for Rockwell Collins, has been appointed as the Acting Executive Director of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Council. Dietz has been integral in expanding STEM education in the state. She contributed to the Iowa STEM Education Roadmap, which ultimately shaped the STEM Council. As one of the original STEM Council Members, she has been involved in various working groups and initiatives that have impacted students throughout Iowa. Carrie Rankin has been appointed as the Managing Director of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Council. Rankin has been the STEM Council Assistant Director for Development since 2013.