For Immediate Release
April 1, 2014
Developer of the Patriot Missile System to
Moreno Valley College
Jack Frederick never lost faith in himself despite growing up in poverty during the 1950s.
"What you achieve with your life will not depend on what you start with," Frederick once told a group of students. "Your biggest obstacle in succeeding is believing in your own talents and abilities."
Frederick, who led an engineering team that developed the Patriot Missile System used in the both Iraqi wars and served as a weapons inspector in Baghdad, crisscrosses the country speaking to students about the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematic) education.
He will speak at Moreno Valley College on Wednesday, April 9, beginning at 12:50 pm in the Student Academic Services building room 203 and then conduct a hands-on demonstration. The event is free, though seating is limited. To reserve a seat at the MVC event call (951) 571-6363. He will also be the featured speaker at UC Riverside's Bourns Engineering Day on Saturday, April 5.
Frederick holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. He recently retired from Raytheon Company in Waltham, MA, where he was a principal systems engineer and the propulsion lead for the Patriot Missile Program. He has served as advisor on STEM Education to the states of Alabama and Florida, Atlanta Public Schools, UMass Young Scholars Program and the NSF TEAM Math Project led by Auburn and Tuskegee universities.
"I'm excited to have Mr. Frederick accept the invitation to discuss STEM Education with our Moreno Valley College students," said Silvia Trejo, a STEM counselor at the College. "I believe many of our students will be able to connect with him on a personal level - regardless of their major."