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We’re here to share stories and professional experiences of engineers across disciplines and let you explore the amazing world of engineering. Each episode, you’ll hear inspiring stories and advice from engineers, allowing you to learn from their successes and experiences. Whether you’re a high school student, engineering student, a veteran engineer, or just curious about engineering, we invite you to join us and explore the amazing and ever changing world of engineering.

Engineering Fields of Dreams Matt Stoner

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We’re here to share stories and professional experiences of engineers across disciplines and let you explore the amazing world of engineering. Each episode, you’ll hear inspiring stories and advice from engineers, allowing you to learn from their successes and experiences. Whether you’re a high school student, engineering student, a veteran engineer, or just curious about engineering, we invite you to join us and explore the amazing and ever changing world of engineering.

    Episode: Engineering A Better World

    Episode: Engineering A Better World

    In this episode Jeanne Jensen, Director of Engineering at RMCI, has worked for more than a decade in the public service sector from building project delivery, infrastructure planning, and water resilience programs. As a fourth-generation engineer, Jeanne shares insightful anecdotes about her family's engineering legacy and the personal journey that led her to choose a career in chemical engineering over medicine.



    From discussing the significance of water resources, especially in arid regions like the desert Southwest, to reflecting on the unsung heroes ensuring clean, safe drinking water, Jeanne sheds light on the often overlooked aspects of her profession. She emphasizes the importance of effective communication and relationship building in engineering, stressing the need to bridge the gap between technical expertise and public understanding.



    Jeanne shares a compelling narrative about a challenging professional project involving complex technical information, diverse stakeholders, and the necessity of cross-disciplinary collaboration. Through her experiences, she highlights the rewarding nature of addressing challenges and finding solutions that positively impact communities.

    • 16 min
    Taking Chances

    Taking Chances

    In this inspiring episode, Joshua John, a member of the Navajo Nation, senior systems engineer at Raytheon, and board member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, imparts his career journey from Shiprock, New Mexico to a leading aerospace engineering company. Joshua introduces himself through his four traditional clans: the Folded Arms Clan, the Apache Clan, the Mexican Clan, and the Bear Enemies Clan, setting the stage for a conversation that intertwines cultural identity with engineering aspiration.



    Joshua shares his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, sparked by a fascination with the stars and aerospace, nurtured under the vast skies of the Navajo reservation. He discusses the influential role of his parents, his journey through education, and the crucial decision points that shaped his career. Joshua reflects on the importance of taking chances and embracing opportunities.



    Joshua relates a challenging professional situation that tested his leadership skills and ethics. His story is a powerful reminder of the importance of integrity, courage, and the sometimes uncomfortable obligation to lead by example and address inadequacies within a team dynamic, even when confronting superiors.



    Closing with advice for those just starting their careers, Joshua emphasizes the significance of being open to possibilities, the willingness to take risks, and the importance of being a good listener and a proactive team member. His journey is not just a tale of personal achievement but a beacon of inspiration for aspiring scientists and engineers from all backgrounds.

    • 14 min
    The Puzzle of Traffic Management

    The Puzzle of Traffic Management

    In this episode Tyler Krage, a seasoned traffic signals engineer, shares a wealth of experience in managing traffic systems across various cities. Tyler discusses his journey from working in Chicago to his current role in Dakota County, Minneapolis-St. Paul. He delves into the intricacies of signal timing and optimization, highlighting the challenges and rewards of his profession.



    In reflecting upon his undergraduate experience, he also stresses the importance of networking and being involved in campus clubs. Through internships and campus clubs, Tyler and Matt discuss value of gaining professional skills. Tyler also discusses the evolving landscape of transportation engineering, emphasizing the importance of incorporating big data and prioritizing inclusivity in infrastructure design.From managing diverse teams to navigating communication barriers, Tyler offers valuable insights and advice for both aspiring and seasoned professionals in the field.

    • 19 min
    Episode: Embracing a Growth Mindset

    Episode: Embracing a Growth Mindset

    In this episode Colten Johnson shares his journey from laboring on construction sites as a teenager to leading his own engineering firm. Colten reflects on pivotal moments, including overcoming sports injuries that redirected his career path and the realization that technical expertise is just one aspect of success in the field.



    Colten emphasizes the importance of adaptability and communication in navigating complex projects. From assuming leadership on a major school construction project to mastering the balance between technical precision and practical application, Colten's experiences offer valuable lessons for aspiring engineers.



    The conversation also explores the significance of networking and personal branding in today's professional landscape. Colten emphasizes the power of platforms like LinkedIn for establishing credibility, fostering connections, and even attracting career opportunities. Through anecdotes and practical advice, Colten and Matt underscore the value of embracing discomfort, maintaining a growth mindset, and actively shaping one's professional narrative.

    • 19 min
    Knocking on Doors

    Knocking on Doors

    In this episode Martine Stillman, Vice President of Engineering at Synapse Product Development, shares her two decades of experience in mechanical engineering and product development. Martine takes us on a journey from her humble beginnings in a small town to becoming a leader in innovative engineering solutions.



    Throughout the conversation, Martine shares insights into her diverse career, spanning from aerospace engineering to working on wearable health devices and large-scale installations for entertainment venues. She discusses her recent focus on sustainable design practices and carbon capture technologies, highlighting the importance of addressing environmental challenges in today's engineering landscape.



    Martine reflects on the pivotal moments in her career, including her unconventional path to landing a job at Synapse through polite persistence and self-belief. She offers valuable advice on dealing with failure gracefully and shares a framework for navigating challenging professional situations with honesty and integrity.



    From her experiences, Martine emphasizes the significance of persistence, adaptability, and taking accountability, urging aspiring engineers and recent graduates to pursue opportunities beyond conventional job postings.

    • 18 min
    Episode: Innovating the World

    Episode: Innovating the World

    In this episode, Stephen  Szymeczek, director of the Innovate-A-thon program for education to success shares his career journey. Steven obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Northern Arizona University. Stephen shares his journey from mechanical engineer to educator.



    Discover how 3D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing and construction industries, as Stephen delves into its applications and potential. Stephen discusses the Innovate-A-thon program, a collaborative initiative between academia and industry aimed at nurturing talent and solving real-world problems. From additive manufacturing to workforce development, Stephen provides insights into the challenges and opportunities in this rapidly evolving field.

    • 14 min

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