47 episodes

Conversations with women in STEAM where we learn a bit about what they do, and who they are.

We’re a diverse group of people (in so many ways) with unique personal and professional journeys.

And I want you to meet some of us.

STEAM Powered Michele Ong

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Conversations with women in STEAM where we learn a bit about what they do, and who they are.

We’re a diverse group of people (in so many ways) with unique personal and professional journeys.

And I want you to meet some of us.

    She Codes and Building Community in Tech with Kate Kirwin (#45)

    She Codes and Building Community in Tech with Kate Kirwin (#45)

    Kate Kirwin is a passionate advocate for women in STEM and the innovation ecosystem. Founder of She Codes, she has led the steep growth of the project since 2015. Thanks to her work, more than 6000 women have learnt to code. She has hustled to source more than a million dollars from government and industry to support women in STEM. With a regional upbringing, she strongly believes in empowering women from the world‚Äôs remotest regions, from as far north as Port Hedland and Karratha, and east as far as Brisbane. Kate has also contributed to the growth of Spacecubed, and since 2014 has played a pivotal role in building community and coordinating other programs including Plus Eight, and Startup Weekend. Kate was recently awarded a Business News 40 under 40 award, the West Australian Rising Star award and was a runner up for the 2019 and 2020 Seven News Young Achiever Awards.  

    In our conversation, we talk about Kate's journey to STEMM, She Codes, and building community in tech.

    Show Notes: https://steampoweredshow.com/shows/kate-kirwin

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Forensic Chemistry and Physical Evidence with Dr Kari Pitts (#44)

    Forensic Chemistry and Physical Evidence with Dr Kari Pitts (#44)

    Dr Kari Pitts is a Forensic Chemist and Mineralogist in the Physical Evidence Team of ChemCentre’s Forensic Science Laboratory. She holds a PhD and a Masters in Forensic Science from UWA, and a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Curtin University. Working at ChemCentre for nearing 16 years, her expertise is trace evidence; including paint, glass, gunshot residue, soils, fibres, and anything else that isn’t biological, a drug or radioactive. Dr Pitts has reported over 300 cases and given expert evidence in criminal trials in Australia and New Zealand. With a passion for outreach, she was the 2016 RACI WA Bayliss youth lecturer and a 2019-20 Science and Technology Australia Superstar of STEM.  

    In our conversation, we talk about Kari's journey to forensic science, working with physical evidence, and how it's not quite like CSI.

    Show Notes: https://steampoweredshow.com/shows/kari-pitts

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Sustainable Mental Health in the Workplace & Better Work with Dr Nicole Tschierske (#43)

    Sustainable Mental Health in the Workplace & Better Work with Dr Nicole Tschierske (#43)

    Dr Nicole Tschierske is a scientist and positive psychology coach who helps experts and teams in STEM do better work.

    Nicole works with her clients improve their collaboration and communication skills so their work gets the momentum and recognition it deserves. She also helps construct ways of working that reduce stress, increase motivation and engagement, and deliver results.

    Nicole lives in Hamburg, Germany, holds a PhD in chemistry and is trained in coaching, positive psychology, change management, and advanced problem-solving.

    When she’s not buried in research papers and books you can find her taking long hikes in the German countryside or mesmerised by Mary Poppins on the screen.  

    In our conversation, we talk about Nicole's STEM journey, sustainable mental health in the workplace, and how we can do better work.

    Show Notes: https://steampoweredshow.com/shows/nicole-tschierske

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    • 56 min
    Segue: Data Visualisation and Florence Nightingale with RJ Andrews (#1)

    Segue: Data Visualisation and Florence Nightingale with RJ Andrews (#1)

    RJ Andrews is author and founder of Info We Trust. He is also the editor of the Information Graphic Visionaries book series. RJ's talent is helping organisations solve information problems. His passion is studying the history of information graphics to discover design insights.  

    In our conversation, we talk about Florence Nightingale's intriguing story, and how she used data visualisation in her campaign for sanitary reform.

    Show Notes: https://steampoweredshow.com/shows/rj-andrews/

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    • 55 min
    Better Technical Interviews and the Inclusivity of Remote Work with Jocelyn James (#42)

    Better Technical Interviews and the Inclusivity of Remote Work with Jocelyn James (#42)

    Jocelyn James is an engineering manager whose previous careers have included teaching, refugee services, and mental health research. As a disabled woman with a background in human rights, Jocelyn is passionate about inclusivity in engineering and ensuring that those with non-traditional routes into the field are not only included but celebrated. 

    Jocelyn lives in Manhattan with her 12-year-old Italian greyhound Florence, who rules the household despite not contributing to rent.  

    In our conversation, we talk about Jocelyn's indirect path to software engineering, improving the tech interview experience, and how remote work promotes inclusivity.

    Show Notes: https://steampoweredshow.com/shows/jocelyn-james/

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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Developer Education & Career Development with Rachel Lee Nabors (#41)

    Developer Education & Career Development with Rachel Lee Nabors (#41)

    Rachel Lee Nabors has worked in the web development industry for over a decade, working on web animations APIs and tooling with Mozilla, Firefox and the W3C; and working on browsers at Microsoft; and spearheading developer education on React and React Native teams at Meta. They are currently Technical Program Manager leading developer education on AWS Amplify.

    In our conversation, we talk about developer education and preparing for your next role.

    Show Notes: https://steampoweredshow.com/shows/rachel-lee-nabors/

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    • 1 hr 13 min

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