The Education/Career Development Committee (ECDC) is a Bartlesville, Oklahoma area coalition of representatives from professional and technical societies, business, and education. It was founded in 1989 to foster and promote interest in engineering and science. The committee serves as a conduit through which educational information and resources can be passed to the local schools and community. The ECDC promotes inter-society cooperation, which allows member organizations to leverage their resources. The ECDC was incorporated as a "not for profit" organization in the State of Oklahoma in 1993.
The group is a funding mechanism for:
Over the years the group has also recruited volunteers to serve as coaches and judges for science fairs, helped link area schools to sources of donated materials, and promoted the education programs of its member societies such as: Engineering Week, the Oklahoma Microscopy Society's "Ugly Bug" contest, National Chemistry Week, various Explorer Posts, the SAE's "A World in Motion", and Phillips Petroleum Company's Green Country Science Teachers Workshop.
The ECDC is chaired by Granger Meador, who also chairs the Science Department at Bartlesville Public Schools. The group's treasurer is Gary Layman, who teaches science at Bartlesville Mid-High. Becky Hoover spearheads the Energy Days program. The ECDC was founded by John Mihm, formerly Senior Vice President of Technology and Project Development at Phillips Petroleum Company. Today the group is sponsored by Merl Lindstrom, General Manager of Research & Development and Shared Services at the Bartlesville Technology Center, who secures major funding from ConocoPhillips. Past ECDC chairs include: R. Bruce Eldridge, Lori Hasselbring, Deborah Hess, Judy Kokesh, and Becky Hoover.
Website by Granger Meador, ECDC Chair