Science. Technology. Engineering. Math.

Excited Children in Science Class


Sitting in classrooms today are future astronauts who will one day explore the surfaces of Mars, as well as scientists who will develop missions to improve our habitats on earth, and engineers who will develop tools to make our lives exponentially easier. Engaging students with studies that combine science, technology, engineering, and math further develop our society. STEM education prepares students for high-demand jobs and contributes to the growth of their families, communities, and local economies. Soter Technologies develops solutions and partnerships enabling STEM education to students, especially those historically underrepresented in STEM fields like students of color, girls and young women, students living in poverty, and students living in rural areas. 

Girl with Laptop

Help Every Student See Themselves in STEM

At the heart of what is driving us forward is the spark in innovation we are enabling in our youth. Collaboration and partnership are key factors of STEM and are essential to our success. We must invest in research and community insights to determine STEM areas of need, those critical communities where our work and our partners can create the most impact on student lives.


The Importance of STEM


Problem-solving skills allow students to develop mental habits that will help them succeed in any field.


STEM coursework challenges students to think critically and come up with their own solutions.


In the process of STEM education, students learn how to manage their time and break larger projects into smaller steps.


The current pandemic has only reinforced the importance of technology.


STEM classes often involve more team activities than other coursework. 

Invest. Employ.

Skeptic asks CEO: “What happens if we invest in developing our people and then they leave us?” CEO: “ What happens if we don’t, and they stay?”

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An Investment

Building on STEM is building on our companies. Beyond simply keeping employees at the company, investing in employee development creates a clear path for employees to have upward mobility. Investing in employee development is more than just upskilling employees with technical skills.

Lewis M. Peterson
Technical Endowed Scholarship 


A.    Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in the CSTEP Program

B.     Be admitted to and matriculated in a major within the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences as defined by Stony Brook University policy.

C.     Be an entering freshman with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 90 or a continuing student with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00

D.     The applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents and be permanent residents of the State of New York


Students participating in the New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship are not eligible for tuition support.  For students participating in New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship, the Lewis M. Peterson Technical Endowed Scholarship is solely and exclusively for non-tuition expenses as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. (Non-tuition expenses typically include room and board, insurance, student fees, travel, books and supplies, personal expenses or other common non-tuition expenses).  


Derek Peterson
CEO at Soter Technologies


As the CEO of Soter Technologies, Derek Peterson wishes to give back and provide scholarship opportunities to first-year Stony Brook students pursuing majors in the field of Engineering and/or Computer Science.  This scholarship is a part of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences efforts to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities and to support Stony Brook’s goal of promoting a diverse student body, which is key to its educational mission. Each applicant’s qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. As part of this process, the Donor desires that consideration be given to the applicant’s socioeconomic group, educational background, and/or status as a member of an underrepresented group, so long as this consideration is in keeping with the goal of obtaining the educational benefits of diversity. The goal is to recognize a high-achieving student entering the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences who are pursuing undergraduate studies in the fields of engineering and/or computer science.