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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!

94: PHD Biomolecular Structure and Design – Wants to make the world a better place – David Beck

Dr. David Beck earned a PHD in Biomolecular Structure and Design and is the eScience Institute Director of Research and a Research Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Beck has been associated with eScience since 2009, formerly serving as the Director of Research for the Life Sciences. Beyond his biology and chemistry domain expertise, Dr.…

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93: PHD Biomedical – Nano Technology For Medicine and Drug Delivery – Alessandro Grattoni

Alessandro Grattoni earned a PHD in Biomedical Engineering and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Nanomedicine at Houston Methodist Research Institute: Houston Methodist Research Institute [0:00] Goes into what Nano-Particles is one of the fields of nano-technology – little engineered molecules; you are essentially engineering matter.…

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92: PHD Chemical Engineering – Stretchable Electronics – Michael Dickey

Michael Dickey earned a PHD in Chemical Engineering for the University of Texas at Austin and is a professor at NC state and has experiences with Nano Fabrication, liquid metals and stretchable electronics: The Dickey Group at NC State [0:45] Little background of Michael – in high school he took a tour of a clean…

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