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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!

43: Architectural and Structural Engineer – Jacob Bolda

Jacob Bolda earned an Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering and a Masters of Engineering in Structural Engineering from The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and is currently working at CSD in Milwaukee, WI. Architectural Engineering will cover all the pieces that go into actually building the building and Civil Engineers tend to do…

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42: Energy Storage Engineer (Electrical Engineer) – Neil Pineda

Neil Pineda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Minor in Math from the University of Illinois and works as an Energy Storage Engineer at E.ON focused on Lithium Ion batteries for energy storage on the power grid. He notes that if really interested in battery design, a degree in Material…

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41: Civil Site Engineer with Expertise in Storm Water – Mark Koegel

Mark Koegel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and works as consultant engineer for Kleinfelder. He works as a Civil Site Engineer with an expertise in storm water and spends about 25% of his time out of the office in the field and focused now on…

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