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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!

35: Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager in HVAC – Megan Schulze

Megan Schulze earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly and a Masters of Science in Management from Colorado State University Global Campus and currently works as a Project Manager at Dewberry and is an active member in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) She started out working in a nuclear…

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34: Electrical Engineer Working on Drones at GoogleX – John FitzSimons

John FitzSimons earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (EE) from Purdue University and has worked at Motorola, Northrop Grumman and now currently at GoogleX working on drones. At Motorola John helped design cell phones starting out in battery charging, moving into display technology, and then into high speed processor design. Jon then…

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33: Manufacturing Aircraft Engines and SWE President – Jonna Gerken

Jonna Gerken earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Management Engineering and an MBA in Technology Development from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and currently works at Pratt & Whitney managing manufacturing engineers. She indicates that in the aviation environment they have to design and manufacture engine parts that can be built at high…

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