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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!

64: Computer Science working in cyber security – Daniel Feldman

Daniel Feldman earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Macalester College and a Master’s in Computer Science from The University of Minnesota. He is now a principal engineer at Scytale which is a security company. [0:40] Differences between Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Software Engineering. [2:25] Why Daniel went for computer science. [4:50]…

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63: From Electrical Engineering to Civil Engineering working in renewable energy – Emily Arnold

Emily Arnold earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and a Master’s in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. She is now Director of Optimization Engineering at 8 Minute Energy Renewables [1:10] Why Emily made the transition from Electrical into Civil Engineering. She originally was planning to be…

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62: Find positions to fill your skills gap – Electrical Engineer – Nikita Tiwari

Nikita Tiwari earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Mumbai and a Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Portland State Univeristy. She is now a platform engineer for the automotive industry at Intel Corporation [0:55] She has been at Intel for about 5 years and has had many positions…

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