63 episodes

A podcast for Young Professionals in the STEM industries, covering tech news, work/life discussions, and innovations that excite.

Generation STEM Kevin Flaker, Becca Schmidt, & Ryan Karlin - Powered by Black & Veatch

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    • 5.0 • 47 Ratings

A podcast for Young Professionals in the STEM industries, covering tech news, work/life discussions, and innovations that excite.

    Episode 23 - The Suez Canal Blockage + Piloting Cargo Ships

    Episode 23 - The Suez Canal Blockage + Piloting Cargo Ships

    On this episode, Ryan takes us into a solo interview with our special guest in light of the recent Suez Canal blockage incident, where a cargo ship ended up sideways blocking the canal and disrupting global supply chain. He sits down with Joseph Schwarzstein - Maritime Consultant, First Class Pilot and Commander in the US Navy Reserve to discuss the Suez Canal event, and the world of piloting cargo ships. Tune in to hear:

    * The basics of piloting cargo ships
    * How canals work and how cargo ships are able to pilot through
    * His insights on what happened in the Suez Canal

    All this and more, on Generation STEM!
    Want to see more from the Generation STEM team? Check us out on social media @genstempodcast, or visit us at our website at www.genstempodcast.com
    This podcast is powered by Black & Veatch - www.bv.com

    • 1 hr
    Episode 22 - Career Recap - Then vs. Now

    Episode 22 - Career Recap - Then vs. Now

    Becca, Kevin and Ryan are ringing in their 5+6 year anniversaries of having adult STEM jobs. On this week's episode of GenSTEM, the squad gets together to talk about their career experiences so far. Tune in to hear:

    * What Becca, Kevin, and Ryan's career path has been like thus far in the STEM industry
    * How their upbringing and college experiences affected their career path
    * What they expected being an engineer would be like versus reality
    * How has their career path expectations changed over time?
    * What's the best career advice they'd give their younger self?
    * What's the biggest career miss or mistake they have made? Are there such things as career mistakes?

    All this and more, on Generation STEM!
    Want to see more from the Generation STEM team? Check us out on social media @genstempodcast, or visit us at our website at www.genstempodcast.com
    This podcast is powered by Black & Veatch - www.bv.com

    • 54 min
    Episode 21 - Texas Power Crisis Explained + Future of the Grid

    Episode 21 - Texas Power Crisis Explained + Future of the Grid

    One of the biggest cold weather events in history hit Texas in February, that caused 4.5 million Texans without power for days. On this week's episode, Becca and Kevin interview one of their fellow Black & Veatcher and Managing Director of our Global Distributed Energy business, Rob Wilhite where he breaks down what really happened in Texas that caused massive (electrical) black outs. Tune in to learn:

    * Basics on how the power grid works
    * Who the heck ERCOT is and why is their name tied to the Texas outages?
    * How the freezing temperatures in Texas caused massive power outages
    * We know that it made the power plants not work but.....what does that really mean?
    * Who is to blame? Renewables? Fossil fuels?
    * Is the grid really that fragile?
    * Will this happen more in the future?
    * How can we at home contribute to the prevention of power outages?

    All this and more, on Generation STEM!
     
    Want to see more from the Generation STEM team? Check us out on social media @genstempodcast, or visit us at our website at www.genstempodcast.com
     
    This podcast is powered by Black & Veatch - www.bv.com

    • 49 min
    Episode 20 - Music Artist AY Young + Sustainable Energy Future

    Episode 20 - Music Artist AY Young + Sustainable Energy Future

    Bring the beat back! On this week's episode, Ryan and Kevin chat with producer, writer, rapper, and sustainable energy advocate AY Young! Tune in to hear:


    * AY's music career
    * His views on electricity access and sustainability
    * How he uses music and dance as a way to bring people together with is mission for energy sustainability
    * AY's Battery Tour and how it's providing electricity to those in need


    All this and more, on Generation STEM!
    Want to see more from the Generation STEM team? Check us out on social media @genstempodcast, or visit us at our website at www.genstempodcast.com
    This podcast is powered by Black & Veatch - www.bv.com

    • 37 min
    Episode 19 - CEO of Virgin Hyperloop + the Future of Transportation

    Episode 19 - CEO of Virgin Hyperloop + the Future of Transportation

    We're back this week with another episode of GenSTEM and we're delivering to your ear holes one of our BIGGEST. INTERVIEWS. YET. We got together with (the now) CEO of Virgin Hyperloop, Josh Giegel. Yeah, you read that right. CEO of Virgin Hyperloop is on the pod. Tune in to hear:

    * What is Virgin Hyperloop?
    * How did Josh get involved with the company?
    * Was he one of the first human riders on a hyperloop test track?
    * How will this technology transform the future of transportation?
    * What massive global affects could hyperloop have? Could this help us become more connected with one another?
    * What is Richard Branson like???
    * When will the first hyperloop be track and open to the public?

    All this and more, on Generation STEM!
    Want to see more from the Generation STEM team? Check us out on social media @genstempodcast, or visit us at our website at www.genstempodcast.com
    This podcast is powered by Black & Veatch - www.bv.com

    • 54 min
    Episode 18 - Hydrogen + a Path to a Greener Future

    Episode 18 - Hydrogen + a Path to a Greener Future

    If you've tuned in to our recent episodes, you've heard the GenSTEM squad buzz about something big coming to the utility sector: HYDROGEN. Kevin, Becca, and Ryan had the opportunity to sit down with fellow Black & Veatch'er and Hydrogen subject matter specialist Jonathan Cristiani to talk about how hydrogen could change the future. Tune in to hear:
    -What even is hydrogen (besides something on the periodic table) and what is it used for?-How is hydrogen produced-How it's used for electricity generation, fuel cell cars, and storage-If it's so great, why isn't hydrogen widely used in our infrastructure now?-Is this the answer to our major global concerns like resource limitations and global warming?And most importantly:-Will Jonathan join Becca and Kevin at a post COVID music festival?????
    All this and more, on Generation STEM!
    Want to see more from the Generation STEM team? Check us out on social media @genstempodcast, or visit us at our website at www.genstempodcast.com
    This podcast is powered by Black & Veatch - www.bv.com

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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47 Ratings

47 Ratings

smellykid ,

Super fun and knowledgeable

The hosts are great, fun, and give great context to a young engineering culture!

marysophiah ,

Great for Young Professionals!

Very interesting and cool information for those of us who want to keep up with new trends but don’t have time to do so. Kevin and Becca are great!

foxy_broxy ,

Great listen

Seriously love this podcast, so informative but makes me laugh out loud. Exactly what I’m looking for

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