The STEP program puts science in context
The STEP program explores the implications of technology
The STEP program encourages holistic thinking
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“Science, by itself, provides no panacea for individual, social, and economic ills. It can be effective in the national welfare only as a member of a team…”
Vannevar Bush, Pioneering engineer and science administrator (1945)

In the spirit of Ut Prosim, Virginia Tech students, faculty and staff are leaders in using their technical knowledge to tackle complex problems. The Science, Technology and Engineering in Policy (STEP) program builds on that excellence and commitment to service.

The STEP program enhances the capacities of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health care (STEM-H) students, practitioners, and scholars to be effective participants and collaborators in policy processes. The program develops participants’ abilities to engage with complex public problems, recognizing that they are social and technical in nature.

Program goal: Develop and enhance STEM-H students, practitioners, and scholars’ understanding of policy processes and capacity to integrate scientific and engineering knowledge with public policy reasoning.

Target audience: Virginia Tech community members and outside partners primarily from STEM-H disciplines but with an interest in policy processes.

The STEP program is a product of Virginia Tech’s interdisciplinary
Policy Destination Area.
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