The Center for Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) was in New Orleans last week for its 60th annual Polyurethanes Technical Conference, the longest-running polyurethanes conference in North America.
Instead of providing gifts to the conference speakers, CPI makes an annual donation to a local organization. This year they chose STEM NOLA, a non-profit that grows future innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs through inspiration, engagement, and exposure in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Dr. Calvin Mackie, founder of STEM NOLA and former tenured engineering professor at Tulane, was also honored at the event.
“STEM NOLA realizes that any effective community-based STEM program must be broad enough to include everyone, yet focused enough to reach the people where they are, on their level, and, taking them to where they need to be to compete, and succeed in life,” shared CPI. “Something that the members of CPI truly support.”
CPI said one of the company’s priorities is to reach out to the next generation.