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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.

    059 Blasting Off with the U.S. Space Force, with Gabe Mounce and Captain Roger Anderson

    059 Blasting Off with the U.S. Space Force, with Gabe Mounce and Captain Roger Anderson

    In this special episode, we hear from two members of the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Gabe Mounce and Captain Roger Anderson, as we discuss the innovative programs that AFRL is using to connect business and government through technology and innovation. 
    Show Notes
    Fall STEM Learning offered by Be Greater Than Average - online and in-person for learners.
    Also, check out the Be Greater Than Average Resources webpage to get your copy of STEM Ebook: A Semester of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Activities.
    Help us grow our STEM programs through the Be Greater Than Average Facebook page.
     
    Gabe Mounce directs the Space Force Accelerator program for the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) in New Mexico.  In this capacity, he oversees the Hyperspace Challenge in Albuquerque and the Catalyst Space Accelerator in Colorado Springs, both focused on connecting the entrepreneurial start-up community to the US Space Force.  He is also the Technology Commercialization Lead for AFRL where he oversees all aspects of technology transfer, community engagement, and marketing & publicity for Directed Energy and Space Vehicle technology.  Mr. Mounce recently founded the New Mexico COVID-19 Emergency Supply Collaborative, bringing together government, non-profit, and private sector organizations from across the state to provide Personal Protective Equipment to Healthcare Providers in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Captain Roger S. Anderson oversees operations of Space Force Accelerators at the Air Force Research Lab for Space Vehicles at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.  He aligns start-up company innovation with Space Force needs and vectors start-up technology for success through the Hyperspace Challenge and Catalyst Accelerator programs.  He also oversees the Space Vehicles’ professional development program that immerses young acquisition professionals inside of innovation units and teaches agile acquisition concepts.  

     
    Air Force Research Laboratory New Mexico Tech Engagement Office
    Space Vehicles Directorate
    Hyperspace Challenge
    Catalyst Accelerator
    U.S. Space Force
    Important links to other STEM Southwest Interviews that touch on factors that are involved in building the Second Golden Age of Space.
    Brian Barnett, Solstar Space; EP 055 Text Messaging to Space
    Rachel Gupton, Sandia National Laboratories, EP 043 Satellites to Security  
    Shelly Gruenig, Be Greater Than Average, EP 041  NASA Social Media to Space
    George Gorospe, NASA, EP 038 From Educator to NASA Engineer
    Matt Fetrow, AFRL, EP 031 AFRL reaching out to Entrepreneurs 
     
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    Linkedin - Captain Roger Anderson
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    • 54 min
    058 STEM Professionals Returning Home, with Maggie Werner-Washburne and Monica Sandoval-Johnson

    058 STEM Professionals Returning Home, with Maggie Werner-Washburne and Monica Sandoval-Johnson

    Join us this week when we talk about STEM repatriation with the leaders of STEM Boomerang.  After noticing a brain drain in the STEM community, STEM Boomerang stepped in to support the journey home for many New Mexicans.  Other states are pursuing a similar program to ensure that the STEM workforce pipeline remains enriched.  It all started here in the Southwest and we are going to uncover the important information!  We will discuss everything from STEM careers to internships - don't miss this episode!
     
    Show Notes
    Fall STEM Learning offered by Be Greater Than Average - online and in-person for learners.
    Also, check out the Be Greater Than Average Resources webpage to get your copy of STEM Ebook: A Semester of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Activities.
    Help us grow our STEM programs through the Be Greater Than Average Facebook page.
     
    Maggie is retired from UNM, where she was a Regents Professor of Biology, and an adjunct in Computer Science and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and a full member of the UNM Cancer Center.  Maggie chose to come to UNM because her mother was from Mexico and the students made her feel like she was among family.  Her current work is to help some of the 600+ students that she mentored at UNM and nationally to come back home to their families for great STEM careers, and to support economic development in New Mexico.

    Monica Sandoval-Johnson, PhD is the co-Director at STEM Boomerang and has a passion for building up the STEM workforce in New Mexico.  Monica is a UNM alumni, who has received higher education at both the University of Colorado and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Since returning to New Mexico, her mission has been on recruiting and repatriating New Mexico's high-tech and innovation economies.

    STEM Boomerang
    STEM Boomerang - Job Seekers
    STEM Boomerang - Employers
    CNM Ingenuity Info Session
     
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    STEM Boomerang - Contact
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    • 50 min
    057 Powering up for the 21st Century, with Alaric Babej and Jon Hawkins

    057 Powering up for the 21st Century, with Alaric Babej and Jon Hawkins

    We often take electricity technology for granted, until it isn't there anymore.  With one flip of a light switch, we become part of the largest machine in the country!  During this week's episode, we will explore the importance of and developments in renewable energy, what careers are available, and how local and regional power companies are partnering with consumers to change what used to be a one-way road into a two-way street by using technology to build the smart grid.  Join us as we discuss this and much, much more with our guests from PNM, Alaric Babej and Jon Hawkins.
     
    Show Notes
    Fall STEM Learning offered by Be Greater Than Average - online and in-person for learners.
    Also, check out the Be Greater Than Average Resources webpage to get your copy of STEM Ebook: A Semester of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Activities
    Help us grow our STEM programs through the Be Greater Than Average Facebook page.
     
    Alaric J. Babej is the Product Development Manager at PNM and works to design and implement customer programs for electrification and voluntary renewables.  Major initiatives include transportation electrification to aid in the adoption of electric vehicles, and programs to assist customers meet their sustainability goals.  Alaric has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island where he focused on automotive technology, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington with a focus in renewable energy systems.  He enjoys learning languages and playing hockey in his free time.  

    Jon Hawkins is the Associate Director for Innovation and Communications at PNM Resources.  Jon’s team is responsible providing research and development of new technologies used in the generation, distribution, and use of energy as well as design, implementation, and maintenance of telecommunications and network systems across PNMR.  Jon has his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and has been author or co-author on multiple publications primarily focused on integration and optimization of PV with energy storage.  

    PNM
    PNM - Electric Vehicles
     
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    • 52 min
    056 From Math to Money, with Ann Shubert

    056 From Math to Money, with Ann Shubert

    As a girl, Ann dreamed of being an astrophysicist.  Her journey into a STEM career led her into the defense industry.  After years of success, she enrolled in an MBA program and there, during a math class, she had the opportunity to help other women understand.  That moment, when she taught until “the light came on,” and her classmates’ new confidence with math, changed them and her.  That experience would change her and shift her career from math to money.  Her dream is to support women in STEM to be comfortable building their financial success and designing their financial future.  What small financial change could you make that would end in financial freedom?

    Show Notes
    Fall STEM Learning offered by Be Greater Than Average - online and in-person for learners; the schedule will be released in late August.
    Also, check out the Be Greater Than Average Resources page to get your copy of STEM Ebook: A Semester of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Activities
    Help us grow our STEM programs through the Be Greater Than Average Facebook page.
    Please check out R4Creating, whose mission is to provide support for those organizations making valuable contributions to increase the number of STEM opportunities for students. 
     
    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
     
    Contact:
    Ann Shubert
    Ann@intentionalfinancellc.com
     
    Intentional Finance LLC
    7770 Jefferson Street NE, Suite 430
    Albuquerque, NM 87109
    (505) 563-4500
    connect@intentionalfinancellc.com
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    • 58 min
    055 Text Messaging to Space, with M. Brian Barnett

    055 Text Messaging to Space, with M. Brian Barnett

    Inspired by the Apollo missions to the moon, Brian Barnett has been dreaming of being an astronaut since he was a little boy.  Not only does he plan to be a commercial astronaut in the near future, but he also hopes to inspire a new generation in the race to space. His innovation and ideas have led him to develop the Space Wide Web, allowing earth-to-space communications.  Join this family man and hear how his children have been involved in his business, Solstar Space, from very early on.  Listen in to some of his amazing stories and ideas for STEM-minded individuals.

    Show Notes
     
    Join Shelly and host, Betsy Jewell, on the latest episode of High School Hamster Wheel podcast (episode #040)
    Fall STEM Learning offered by Be Greater Than Average - online and in-person for learners; the schedule will be released in late August.
    Help us grow our STEM programs through the Be Greater Than Average Facebook page
     
    M. Brian Barnett is a serial entrepreneur with 33 years’ experience in commercial space, the mobile satellite services industry, as an aerospace technologist at NASA, and at KPMG Consulting as a management consultant. He is Founder and CEO of Solstar Space Co. (Solstar), the first internet service provider for people, Internet of Things, and machines in space, that is developing technologies to build a Space Wide Web.  On April 29, 2018, Solstar demonstrated the first commercial two-way data and wi-fi hotspot service in space and Tweet from space aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard crew capsule, using Barnett’s patent-pending technology.  Brian began his career at NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center where he provided Space Shuttle payload integration services at the Payloads Project Office.  He also provided astronaut crew training in the Mission Operations Laboratory for Spacelab missions.  At Johnson Space Center, Brian worked in the Missions Operations Directorate, and later worked on JSC’s 1992 Strategic Plan.  He also managed a contract to document all Space Shuttle operations processes as directed by Congress after the Challenger accident.  Later, as a management consultant for KPMG’s Space and High Technology group, Brian wrote dozens of business plans and market assessments for commercial space companies.  He led the Team that wrote the initial business plan and helped identify the best location for the spaceport that eventually became Spaceport America in New Mexico.  Brian earned a B.S. in microbiology from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters in Administrative Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and is a graduate of the International Space University.  He is a classically-trained rock and reggae drummer and is founder and producer of DrumsAstro®, an organization Connecting Artists and Musicians of all Genres to Space and Space Exploration.
    Solstar Space
     
    Contact:
    M. Brian Barnett
    (505) 389-2299
    barnett@solstarspace.com
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    • 57 min
    054 STEM Excitement through Esports, with Dr. Miles Harvey

    054 STEM Excitement through Esports, with Dr. Miles Harvey

    What does a good book and a video game have in common?  This week’s guest will share his thoughts on using virtual reality as classroom literature, and why it is time for us to step up and make a difference! Join us in this episode where we learn more about Esports and the possibility of it being a career.  Dr. Miles Harvey will share his experiences as a gamer and streamer, and how he is using that platform to make a difference in the lives of so many students!

    Show Notes
    Dr. Miles Harvey is a scholar gamer, middle years Esports coach, streamer, and teacher educator from the University of New Mexico researching media literacy and digital game-based learning.  He is a K-12 Language Arts and Media Literacy educator in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He also instructs classes at the Central New Mexico Community College.  Miles’ research interests focus on how students make sense of their learning through multimodal experiences afforded by mixed reality, video games, and research-based instructional strategies.  He coaches New Mexico’s first-ever middle school Esports team and competed in the North America’s first international middle school Esports competition against Winnipeg, Manitoba. 
    Dr. Miles Harvey - Google Scholar
    Miles of Learning
    James Monroe Middle School Raiding Raptor Esports
    APS Esports
     
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