Sanford-Based Mertek Solutions Receives Honor in Promoting STEM Education

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Mertek Solutions, Inc. has received the 2016 Outstanding Business and Industry Award from the N.C. Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMT) Center. Mertek was recognized on April 30 in Cary, N.C.

This award recognizes a North Carolina business or industry whose support has strengthened science, mathematics, and technology education programs in either formal or informal settings.

“Mertek Solutions is a prime example of how business can partner with education to really make a difference,” said Dr. Sam Houston, CEO and president of the SMT Center. “While it is a small company in rural North Carolina, Mertek has a big impact on teachers and students interested in STEM education.”

“I believe they make wonderful use of their resources and expertise to promote science, mathematics, and technology education as well as to help students understand potential careers available in manufacturing,” said teacher Henrietta Jutson, who nominated Mertek for the award.

The N.C. Science, Mathematics, and Technology (SMT) Center is focused on improving education as a means of providing all students in North Carolina with the knowledge and skills to have successful careers, be good citizens, and advance the economy of the state. Promoting innovation and change in education, the SMT Center celebrates educational excellence in North Carolina by supporting educators, engaging students, and advancing the growing importance of having a STEM-educated workforce.