Dr. Vince Bertram is president and chief executive officer of Project Lead The Way (PLTW). PLTW is transforming the learning experience for PreK-12 students across the U.S. by empowering them to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. Since taking the helm of PLTW in June 2011, the organization has grown to serve approximately 12,200 schools across the U.S., train more than 77,500 teachers, and impact millions of students.
Dr. Bertram is a New York Times bestselling author with his books Dream Differently: Candid Advice for America’s Students and One Nation Under-Taught: Solving America’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Crisis. In 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF), in consultation with the Department of Education, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, appointed Dr. Bertram to the congress-authorized STEM Education Advisory Panel. In 2014, he was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to serve as the education expert for its United States Speaker and Specialist Program. He is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and a member of the Forbes CEO Council, Ball State University Foundation Board of Directors, and Olin College of Engineering President’s Council, and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives.
Prior to joining PLTW, Dr. Bertram spent 20 years in education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of Indiana’s third-largest urban school district.
Dr. Bertram holds an Ed.D, MS, Ed.S, and BS degrees from Ball State University, a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University, and MBA degrees from Georgetown University and ESADE Business School. He also earned an executive certificate in strategy and innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management and is an alumnus of the Chicago Management Institute at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. In 2018, he received the National Instruments Innovations in STEM Award, which celebrates an individual who is dedicated to equipping students for successful careers. Dr. Bertram received an honorary doctorate in engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, was named a "Distinguished Hoosier" by Governor Mitch Daniels, received the "Intellectual Contributions and Faculty Tribute" award for his contributions to the intellectual life at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and received the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Ball State University.