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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!

39: Nuclear Engineer Focused On Nuclear Power Plants – Drew Nigh

Drew Nigh, (if you have questions for Drew, please connect with him on linked in) earned a bachelor and masters degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently a Risk Management Engineer at Jensen Hughes. Drew focused on the power side,nuclear reactor design which has a heavy mechanical focus, and some…

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38: General Engineering, Art and Innovator at Ford – Victoria Schein

Victoria Schein earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Smith College and is currently a Design engineer and innovator at Ford Motor Company and is also heavily involved with Girls Who Code. Victoria also has a strong background in Art and at Ford has 40+ patents. Her expertise is in innovation and really…

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37: Civil Engineer Specializing in Remediation – Ken Mika

Ken Mika earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a masters in Engineering Management also from UW-Platteville and is currently an Operations Manager at O’Brien & Gere. Ken provides a great overview of Civil Engineering career options and also talks a bit about research areas. He really…

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