032 STEM Dogs, Bombs and Keeping Things Safe, with Michelle Tye

This week’s guest is a highly-trained robotics bomb technician with a four-legged partner.  Michelle Tye has been protecting her community, first as a police officer, and then as a bomb technician at a major metropolitan airport.  Chances are if you’ve ever flown anywhere, she and her colleagues have been watching your back.  This important work challenges her physically and mentally […]

EP 031 Air Force Research Laboratory reaching out to entrepreneurs, with Matt Fetrow

This edition’s guest, Matt Fetrow, is the Director of the Tech Engagement Office at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in New Mexico.  Matt is always looking for innovative ways to solve Air Force problems working in collaboration with entrepreneurs and businesses. He hopes that these relationships will become the norm rather than the exception, and has invested resources to […]

029 Radical Changes in STEM Education, with Shawn Hardina

There are STEM rockstars all over the Southwest and today’s guest is one of them.  He is also a STEM evangelist and striving to make our programs more inclusive.  While we just recently met Shawn Hardina, our perspectives and experiences in STEM enrichment are parallel; us in New Mexico and him in Arizona.  He has a lot of great ideas […]

028 STEM and the law – How do we protect innovation, with Dr. Richard Krukar

In our New Economy, where innovation and ideas are exploding, it’s important for STEM professionals to understand the different ways to protect their intellectual property.  Today’s guest, Richard Krukar, will share his tips and experience on this important issue. Show Notes Richard Krukar worked as a Research and Development engineer on both coasts and in the State of New Mexico […]

027 EXPLORING STEM Connections

In an effort to build the STEM Southwest Workforce, Albuquerque science museum, EXPLORA, is making a strong investment in teens and workforce education.  Leading the initiative is Allison Brody who shares her personal STEM journey, and the variety of programs and the exciting initiatives that we can be looking for at our family’s all-time favorite children’s museum.  Allison has been […]

026 Teenagers in Space, with Parker

In this weeks episode, we talk with Parker, an amazing high school student working on creating and building a miniature satellite to launch into space! This young woman is not afraid of hard challenges and will inspire listeners young and old. She proves that young people really want to be challenged by hard things and that the only limit is […]

025 Brain Matters and Healing Science, with Dr. Vincent P. Clark

Dr. Vincent P. Clark is an expert in Neuropsychology.  With an interest in brain stimulation for neuroenhancement and brain stimulation for the treatment of chronic pain, addiction, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, and motor illness, Dr. Clark and his team are making a real difference in the way that we use science to heal.  Join us as we explore thoughts and ideas of how […]

024 The Power of STEM Moms (and their Kids)

This special episode of STEM Southwest is hosted by Shelly along with daughters Makenzie and Bethany.  Today we celebrate the power of STEM Moms!   Show Notes Ulrika Peroni, Professional Water Skier and mom coach of ‘Da Swedish Fish,’ a team that competes in VEX robotics VRC competition.  Da Swedish Fish took robotics on the road that has led to […]