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Designed to create STEM connections, cohesion, and elevation within the Southwest region of the United States. You have discovered a place where STEM enthusiasts gather to learn about the amazing STEM rockstars of the region as well as STEM activities that are impacting the world!

Whether you are looking to learn more about STEM innovations in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and California you are in the right place! If you have longed to be united with other STEM nerds, then you have found your people here at STEM Southwest!

Check out our family-friendly show and events calendar designed to build problem solvers, thinkers, and innovators for the future. New episodes are released every other week.

STEM Southwest Podcast Bob And Dr. Shelly Gruenig

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Designed to create STEM connections, cohesion, and elevation within the Southwest region of the United States. You have discovered a place where STEM enthusiasts gather to learn about the amazing STEM rockstars of the region as well as STEM activities that are impacting the world!

Whether you are looking to learn more about STEM innovations in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and California you are in the right place! If you have longed to be united with other STEM nerds, then you have found your people here at STEM Southwest!

Check out our family-friendly show and events calendar designed to build problem solvers, thinkers, and innovators for the future. New episodes are released every other week.

    092 What's New in Fintech - FINCON 2023, with Russell Faigen and Lily Vittayarukskul

    092 What's New in Fintech - FINCON 2023, with Russell Faigen and Lily Vittayarukskul

    This episode is for you if you have ever wondered how to make financial decisions, or you will one day to have to make decisions regarding elder care for a loved one or yourself!
    Join Bob and Shelly for another year of celebrating tech and finances at FinCon23.  Listen in as they talk about AI and making it your collaborator and not your competitor.  First up is Bob who speaks with Russell Faigen from moomoo, a one-stop destination for financial investing and resources. However, don’t worry as there will never be any high-pressure investors from moomoo giving advice.  Then, listen in as Shelly learns more about the compelling personal story of Lily Vittayarukskul and how the burden of long-term care for an elderly family member strongly influenced her life and how her idea, Waterlily, is helping to understand financial planning for the elderly.  Waterlily utilizes AI in a way to help predict and build a custom plan for each family having or will be having an elderly family member for whom they will need to provide support now and into the future.  Ultimately, Waterlily was awarded the top prize at this year's Fintech competition and we couldn't be happier to cheer them on and tell you more!
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    Russell Faigen is the Strategic Influence Business Development Manager for moomoo, an innovative online trading platform and commission-free app providing power tools, real-time market data, and educational resources.  Russell graduated from Drexel University with a BS in Finance and Business Analytics, and has been a financial educator and content creator since September 2020, using his social media platform, investwithruss, as the primary means to do so.
     
     Lily Vittayarukskul is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Waterlily Planning.  She previously worked from 2019 to 2021 at a computer vision telemedicine startup involved in product development, AI prototype building, successful product launches, and scaling of an IoT AI telemedicine platform; Lily led commercialization efforts which included launching the company's first product, developing market positioning, strategy, and sales training.  Prior to that, Lily worked as a Data Scientist Consultant at STELLARES from 2018 to 2019; held roles as Head of Technology and Head of Growth and Development at Research to the People in 2018; worked as a Scientist Intern (Software Developer) at DNAnexus in 2017; served as an intern with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2013.
     moomoo
    Waterlily
    The Waterlily Blog
     
    The Fioneers
    How to Money
     
    Be Greater Than Average Gift of Learning
    Be Greater Than Average Courses
    Be Greater Than Average A Semester of STEM Activities E-Book
     
    Contact:
    Russell Faigen, Strategic Influencer Business Development Manager
    moomoo
    (650) 999-6872 
    rfaigen@us.moomoo.com 
    LinkedIn
    Instagram
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    Lily Vittayarukskul, Founder and CEO
    Waterlily Planning
    (510) 239-7411
    lvittayarukskul@gmail.com
    LinkedIn
    Instagram
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    • 37 min
    091 Reaching for the Stars, with Dr. Misty Carty

    091 Reaching for the Stars, with Dr. Misty Carty

    In this episode, Bob and Shelly take a look at the sky just days before the next solar eclipse.  Join us as Dr. Misty enthusiastically shares her wealth of knowledge about the sun, moon, and stars - and why we seem to be having more solar events!  Finally, join us as we speak about the upcoming Balloon Fiesta and the excitement surrounding this event.

    Let's blast off with this next out of this world STEM Southwest podcast!
    Show Notes
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    Dr. Misty Carty has over two decades of experience as an informal science educator, inspiring young students to develop a love for science.  Her journey in science began with a spark of curiosity when she learned that Pluto had moved inside the orbit of Neptune and was not currently the last planet in the solar system - at a time when scientists still defined it as a planet.  This ignited her passion for learning and sharing knowledge.

    Misty holds a Bachelor's in Physics from McDaniel College, located just outside Baltimore, MD.  She further pursued her academic goals by earning her Master's and Doctorate in Astronomy from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Misty has donned various hats as a science educator and communicator throughout her career, including professor, author, and museum science educator.  Through her involvement with the Balloon Museum Foundation and R4 Creating, she actively supports and raises funds for STEAM education.  In addition, she is dedicated to empowering young women and girls in science and technology.  She takes pride in advocating for girls in STEAM and inspiring them to pursue careers in these fields through the Girls into Tech program of Be Greater than Average.

    Pluto Planet Day (New Mexico)
    Clyde Tombaugh
    NASA Eclipses
    Annular Solar Eclipse
    Annular Solar Eclipse Path
    Total Solar Eclipse
    Total Solar Eclipse Path
    NOAA, NASA, NSF events at Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
     
    Solar viewing glasses and filters must be ISO 12312-2 certified!
    Eclipse Eye Safety
    Eclipse Eye Safety (Pinhole Viewers)
    Pinhole Box Viewer
    Solar Viewers/Eclipse Glasses
     
    Where Did The Sun Go, by Dr. Misty Carty
    A Little Science: Inquisitive Science Books for ALL Ages (Dr. Misty Carty)
     
    I.S.S. Tracker
     
    Be Greater Than Average Gift of Learning
    Be Greater Than Average Courses
    Be Greater Than Average A Semester of STEM Activities E-Book
     
    Contact:
    Dr. Misty Carty
    misty.carty@gmail.com
     

    • 46 min
    090 Safety in Numbers, with Ann Shubert

    090 Safety in Numbers, with Ann Shubert

    Join us in this episode to learn why we took an extended break. Then, dive in with one of our favorite repeat guests speaking about a favorite subject.... money. Whether you are stressed about money, trying to understand how to make more money, or simply want a plan to invest, this episode is for you! Ann Shubert has launched a new blog that stands at the intersection of STEM and Money! Her message today gives us all hope - it's never too late, or too early to be making financial plans!
    Show Notes
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    Ann Shubert started her professional career planning to be an astrophysicist, receiving a BA in Physics from Princeton University and an MS in Astrophysics from the California Institute of Technology.  After realizing that she was not cut out to be a pure research scientist, Ann shifted gears into a 30-year career in the defense industry, first designing and building software systems and later managing multi-million-dollar aerospace programs.  In 2014, while enrolled in the University of New Mexico’s Executive MBA program, Ann made another major career transition, becoming a licensed Financial Advisor.  Three years later, she co-founded Intentional Finance LLC, an independent, woman-owned, Registered Investment Adviser firm.  Ann enjoys working with women in STEM, combining science-based approaches to financial planning, risk management and investing with her interest in behavioral finance and how people make decisions about money.  Because she knows what it is like to be a woman in a male dominated workplace, Ann feels a special kinship with women in the STEM fields, and loves helping them to reach a place of confidence about their finances so they can keep their energies focused on their STEM passion, whether in research, education or business.
    Intentional Finance LLC
    Ann-splaining
    Ann-splaining (Resources)
    Federal Student Aid
     
    Be Greater Than Average Gift of Learning
    Be Greater Than Average Courses
    Be Greater Than Average A Semester of STEM Activities E-Book
     
    Contact:
    Ann Shubert
    ann@intentionalfinancellc.com
    (505) 563-4500
    Linkedin
     

    • 1 hr 9 min
    089 Out of this World: Hyperdrive Space Summit with Merridith Ingram, Meredith Schweitzer, Jihoon Kim, Jason Lee, Steven Wood, Brad Berkson, and Jeromy Grimmett

    089 Out of this World: Hyperdrive Space Summit with Merridith Ingram, Meredith Schweitzer, Jihoon Kim, Jason Lee, Steven Wood, Brad Berkson, and Jeromy Grimmett

    Join Shelly as she interviews leaders in the Aerospace Industry that gathered to innovate new ideas and build collaborative relationships at the November 2022 Hyperdrive Space Summit hosted by CNM Ingenuity and the Air Force Research Labs.  Interviews cover topics from space marketing and innovation, the space force, new technologies as well as rockets and the future of the workforce.  Join us and launch into another dimension as we finally kick off 2023 with this fabulous episode!
    Show Notes
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    Hyperspace Challenge
    Hyperspace Drive Summit
    66+Co
    The Aerospace ADVERSARY (John Hopkins University)
    SmartCone Technologies
    SUNY Polytechnic Institute
    Miles Space
    Rogue Space Systems Corporation
     
    Be Greater Than Average Gift of Learning
    Be Greater Than Average Courses
    Be Greater Than Average A Semester of STEM Activities E-Book
     
    Contact:
    Linkedin (Merridith Ingram, 66+Co)
    Linkedin (Meredith Schweitzer, 66+Co)
    Linkedin (Jihoon Kim - The Aerospace ADVERSARY)
    Linkedin (Jason Lee - SmartCone Technologies)
    Linkedin (Steven Wood - Patent Attorney and Space Lawyer)
    Linkedin (Brad Berkson - Miles Space)
    Linkedin (Jeromy Grimmett - Rogue Space Systems Corporation)

    • 56 min
    088 Building a Successful STEM Business, with Ivy Slater

    088 Building a Successful STEM Business, with Ivy Slater

    Are you ready to lead, build, and scale your business?  This Is what our guest Ivy Slater of Slater Success asks others. In her podcast, Her Success Stories, Ivy highlights gutsy women in business and recently interviewed our co-host Shelly regarding the future and shaping the future of technology.  While Ivy is not from the Southwest, she brings a wealth of knowledge that everyone in the STEM Southwest audience needs to hear - how to effectively lead our businesses to make our communities even greater. 
    With all of that in mind, we welcome best-selling author, accomplished business owner, and coach to C-suite executives, Ivy Slater, to STEM Southwest Podcast.
    Show Notes
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    As the CEO of Slater Success, Ivy Slater works closely with C-Suite executives and upper-level managers to advise and create clear strategies that provide instant and long-term impact on businesses.  From generating team synergy and launching new sales initiatives, to holding mastermind retreats and corporate trainings on communication, finances, or strategic planning, Ivy is an expert at cultivating and facilitating relationships that are the hallmark of any successful business.

    Slater Success
    Her Success Story podcast
    Slater Success blog
    Youtube (Ivy Slater)
    From the Barre to the Boardroom, by Ivy Slater
     
    Shelly comments in intro:
    Hyperspace Challenge
    Girls Into Tech
    Subscribe to Be Greater Than Average newsletter
    Shaping the Future of Technology, Shelly’s podcast interview with Ivy Slater
     
    Be Greater Than Average Gift of Learning
    Be Greater Than Average Courses
    Be Greater Than Average Family Fun!
    Be Greater Than Average A Semester of STEM Activities E-Book
     
    Contact:
    Ivy Slater
    Ivy@SlaterSuccessCoaching.com
    Linkedin
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram
    Pinterest

    • 45 min
    087 Growing Fintech at FinCon22, with Ryan Ruff and Jason Parker

    087 Growing Fintech at FinCon22, with Ryan Ruff and Jason Parker

    This week’s episode is a celebration of tech and finances!  Bob and Shelly attended FinCon22 and share with you two great interviews for their second annual report on Fintech.  Join them as they spend time with the host of the Fintech competition, Ryan Ruff of ASA, to hear the latest on the impact of technology on financial learning. They also interview Jason Parker with Retirement Budget Calculator, one of the competitors in this year's FinTech Competition and he walks through the powerful tool designed to help all people answer the question, When Can I Retire?
    Show Notes
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    Ryan Ruff is Head of Fintech Relations at ASA, bridging the gap with the creators of tech and those who want to invest in the development of tech.  He is leading the way to create a bridge between technology development and those who want to invest in the future expansion of important tech.

    Jason, RICP® is the best-selling author of Sound Retirement Planning, and the host of the podcast Sound Retirement Radio.  He has been seen as a frequent guest on ABC, FOX, & MSNBC.  He is the inventor of the retirementbudgetcalculator.com.  He has earned the advanced retirement designation of a Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®).  Jason is the President of Parker Financial LLC, which is an independent, fee-based, registered investment advisory firm, and operates as a fiduciary.

    FinCon22
    Fintech Startup Competition
    SpendPal
    ASA
    Parker Financial, LLC
    Sound Retirement Planning Podcast
    Retirement Budget Calculator
    Retirement Calculator: How much money do I need to retire, by Jason Parker
     
    Be Greater Than Average Gift of Learning
    Be Greater Than Average Courses
    Be Greater Than Average Family Fun!
    Be Greater Than Average A Semester of STEM Activities E-Book
     
    Contact:
    Ryan Ruff
    Ryan.ruff@asa.financial
    (801) 473-5749
    Linkedin
     
    Jason Parker
    info@parker-financial.net
    (360) 337-2701
    Linkedin

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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JohannaJ. ,

Great resource for all things STEM

I have listened to every episode and have really gained so much from each one. The show notes are great since I listen while I drive and can't write down thing. I was excited to see there will be a livestream of the upcoming robotics competition. I haven't attended one yet and want to introduce that to my young son. Thank you!

Hungrypuppy1 ,

Fantastic Launch of this Podcast!!

What a fantastic breadth of topics you are covering right out of the gate!!! Thank you for making STEM accessible. You two make a great team and I appreciate your interaction and thoughtful questions to the interviewees! Keep up the great work.

JaredCannon ,

STEM Southwest

I am not big podcast listener but after being told this was a great project I tried it an loved it. Hearing about the STEM events and people here in the Southwest is super cool.

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