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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!

61: From Mechanical Engineering to a Water Resource Engineer-Brad Arnold

Brad Arnold earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The Milwaukee School of Engineering and a Masters in Agricultural & Natural Resource from UC Davis. You can also reach Brad directly by email barnold.engr@gmail.com [1:30] Brad found his interests in environmental engineering and tied it in with his knowledge of hydraulics gained through…

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60: Financial Engineering-High Frequency Stock Trader-Nick Sonnenberg

Nick Sonnenberg earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Finance and Statistics from University of California-Santa Barbara and a Masters in Financial Engineering from University of California – Berkley [0:45] Nick explains what financial engineering is – basically applying math to the financial market. He was not aware of financial engineering and just kind of…

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59: PHD Biomedical Engineering-Dean at Marquette University-Kris Ropella

Dr. Kris Ropella earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University and her Masters and PHD in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. [1:50] Why Kris decided on Biomedical engineering, even though she really enjoyed architecture. [3:45] Careers available in Biomedical with BS, MS, or PHD degree. [5:58] Kris’ insights into qualities needed…

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