You don’t have to be COOL to be a STEM Role Model

I wasn’t particularly cool in high school, though I wasn’t exactly un-cool either. Successfully crossing the boundaries between the jocks, brainiacs, and the StuCo kids, I made it through mostly unscathed. Being a national champion powerlifter, ranked number 2 in my class, and winning student body President on a platform of “Change” afforded me a semi-safe haven in this liminal state between cool/un-cool. Of course,…

Hidden STEM Economy? STEM For All

When we think of STEM, we tend to think of highly professional white collar jobs that require copious amounts of education. In reality, STEM jobs encompass so much more than the Dilbert-like stereotypes much of the world retains about these fields. The Brookings Report: Hidden STEM Economy (Read the report here) released in June 2013 sheds light on a hidden STEM economy, and the demand for STEM jobs…

Tales from the gym: *Training* with an Astronaut in DC

I am in DC this week for the 2013 Gender Summit, and yesterday’s keynote speaker was Julie Payette, a Canadian engineer and former NASA astronaut. Women are severely underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines, and therefore there is a dearth of female role models like Julie. To be an astronaut is sort of a pinnacle of achievement for me in that it…

Infographic: Why STEM Matters

About 3 million jobs are unfilled because Americans lack the basic technical skills to fill them. With many positions in science, technology, engineering and mathematics being filled by people born outside the country, the United States is stepping up its efforts and making STEM education a top priority. Review this Infographic by topeducationdegrees.org that explores the #STEM education priority. Thanks Aria Cahill for sharing. 

What is Social Capital?

When we think of capital, we typically think immediately about money. Entrepreneurs seek Venture Capitalists to provide money to get their product or idea off the starting blocks and into the races.  The valued resource in this example is purely financial, or economic, and this is just one dimension of what “capital” really means. For example, economic capital provides a position of class, and individual…

What I did June 2012 – May 2013

Every year of my National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, I have to write and submit a summary report. Here is a review of what I did for the school/funding year of June 2012 – May of 2013: As a Doctoral Candidate in Engineering Education at Purdue University, my attention this past year has been focused on two arenas: 1) developing a portfolio that satisfies…

Summer 2013 Conferences

As a nascent scholar, and near doctoral graduate, conferences offer incredible opportunities to present my work, learn from others, and build my network. This page serves as a landing page for a professional flyer I’ve created about me, my current work, and my summer 2013 conference presentations.

Thank a Teacher Before It is Too Late

Have you thanked a teacher that made a difference in your life recently? Three months ago, I had an incredible opportunity to do just that, and it seems it was just in time.  This past February, one of my clients needed me to teach at a conference in Houston. Houston is only a couple of hours from my family, and since I live in Puerto…

Physics is Tough but Girls are Tougher

High Tech High Heels is an organization that I have proudly been a part of since 2008. Every summer, this organization hosts a physics camp specifically for girls. These  camps build confidence and introduce students to key principles in Advanced Placement (AP) Physics in a hands-on lab environment, all with the over arching objective of increasing the participation of women entering into science and engineering…