This podcast is a resource for those with a STEM background seeking to understand the vast career opportunities outside of the laboratory, how to prepare these roles, and tips on being successful after making the transition.
SC116: Dr. Mike- Using a D.Eng in STEM Advocacy and DEI Strategy
Dr. Michael D. Smith, widely known in the engineering world as Dr. Mike, credits his graduate school pivot to a chance notice of a brochure on a bulletin board. Though he entered a doctoral program seeking a PhD in engineering, he earned a Doctorate of Engineering, D. Eng degree which he describes as a combination of a PhD and and MBA.
A life long advocate for underrepresented groups to pursue STEM degrees, Dr. Mike has utilized his degree in a range of capacities spanning STEM education, STEM operations and programming at nonprofit organizations, and independent consulting.
Connect with Dr. Mike on LinkedIn
SC114: Living Life Authentically with Dr. Monica Cox
Dr. Monica Cox has learned that being your authentic self is requires taking a certain level of risk. She is a wife, mother, daughter, activist, and professor who grew up as an only child in a rural southeast Alabama community. It was the core values instilled in her by her parents that has led to her being able to persist in the face of personal and professional adversity.
The conversation was not only STEMulating, but an authentic, inspirational and motivational testimony for choosing self and sanity above all else when faced with a valley moment in their career.
Learn more about Dr. Cox at her website drmonicacox.com
Follow her on social media at: @drmonicacox
SC113: Vernon R. Morris, PhD-- Atmospheric Scientist and Founder of The Color of Weather (Part 1)
His scientific curiosity can be traced back to being a two year old military kid playing in his desert backyard catching snakes and gila monsters. His major in chemistry was the result of a chance meeting in the hallway of a building at his undergraduate college. These two events eventually led Dr. Vernon Morris to pursue, not only an undergraduate degree in chemistry and mathematics, but also PhD in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. A well-respected and highly accomplished researcher in his field, Dr. Morris is now Director and Professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at Arizona State University.
You can find out more about Dr. Morris via https://newcollege.asu.edu/vernon-morris
Be sure to join in for Part Two, when we discuss more of The Color of Weather.
SC112: Iris Wagstaff, PhD-- Starting Over in STEM to Influence Science Policy and STEM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
It is never too late to start over. That's exactly the testimony of Dr. Iris Wagstaff. She is a chemist, educator, mentor, researcher and science policy advisor with extensive experience in STEM outreach and advocacy. She is also a thought leader and change agent in the broader STEM community.
After spending nearly 15 years in a successful industry career as a research chemist, she decided to leave that job and embarked upon a new path. She would go on to earn a PhD in Science Education, be named a AAAS Science Policy fellow and serve as a STEM Program Director in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Her inspirational and motivational story is one that all can benefit!
SC111: Carlotta A Berry, PhD- The #NoireSTEMinist Connecting Robotics and STEM to Diversify Engineering
Dr. Carlotta Berry originally wanted to teach high school math, but her STEM journey has expanded well beyond. As an electrical engineering professor with a focus on robotics, Dr. Berry's impact and influence is felt at all educational levels and touches all genders, races and ethnicity. She believes that 'giving people the ability to learn about things they are interested in is LIFE CHANGING'. This principle holds true in both her professional and personal sphere of influence as evidenced by the founding of #NoireSTEMinist to giving pop quizzes on Twitter, to serving as a coach for her daughter's robotics team.
Learn more about Dr. Berry and her work in the field of robotics and diversifying STEM through her social media platforms:
@DrCABerry on Twitter, IG, TikTok
@NoireSTEMinist on Twitter, IG
SC110: On Purpose with Author, Speaker, Professional Brand Stragist Isha Cogborn
A self-proclaimed “corporate dropout” who helps you to Live your purpose. Share your message. Change the world. One of the first steps to realizing your purpose is accepting that EVERYBODY NEEDS HELP. When we can get out of our own way and recognize what we need, we can do more and make a bigger impact--ON PURPOSE.
Her latest book, 'On Purpose: 12 Strategies to Reclaim Your Power and Change Your Life' can be found at platformforpurposebook.com
Social media handles: @ishacogborn
I'm always on the look out for new great podcasts. After this one was recommedend by a good friend of mine, I was in! I highly recommend you check it out out as well to learn more about positioning yourself for a successful career.
Great natural conversation that has actionable advice.