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WHAT: This website is dedicated to helping high school and college students interested in pursuing a STEM career (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) make educated decisions regarding a career path.


HOW: The podcast hosts practicing professionals, college professors and college students. The focus will be to provide insights into STEM professions, what is required to get through the curriculum and additional strategies to guide you towards a successful career.


WHY: For example, the engineering 1st year retention rate is roughly 75%, however, the 5 year graduation rate is only about 50%, thus only about 1/2 of students graduate with an engineering degree. We want to help increase the retention and graduation rate for all STEM degrees!

THE GOAL: The overall goal is to increase the graduation rate by igniting your passion in a STEM career by exploring current and emerging STEM career opportunities. In addition, the podcast will help prepare you to manage challenges that may arise during your studies. You will gain strategies and confidence to overcome potentially demanding classes, giving you an edge, and in today’s competitive environment you want to have an advantage!

My personal goal is to help you be successful!

51: PHD in Electrical Engineering and MSOE College Professor-Dr. Eric Durant

Dr. Eric Durant earned a PHD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering– MSOE and is currently a professor at MSOE Dr. Durant has done research in Genetic Algorithms which is a form of Artificial Intelligence and adaptive…

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50: Biology and PHD in Neuroscience researching addiction-Megan Slaker

Megan Slaker earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bethany Luthern College and a PHD in Neuroscience from Washington State University and is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Medical College of Wisconsin focusing on addiction. Megan says that a Biology degree is one of the most versatile degrees there is as it sets you…

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49: Non-traditional route to computer science PHD – Dr. Witty of UNL

Dr. Witty earned a PHD in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology and is an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and prior to that was a researcher at Iowa State University. Dr. Witty grew up in Thailand and has had many jobs prior to becoming a professor, he worked in restaurants,…

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