038 From Educator to NASA Engineer, with George Gorospe

Today’s guest is a true STEM Rockstar! After being raised in the Southwest, George Gorospe left behind all that he knew and headed east to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. The adjustment was tough for George, but with family support, and the support of other Native Americans at Dartmouth College, he made it work. His journey included a stint as […]

037 Less Pink, More Think, with Emily Ganley and Delaney Heileman

This week’s episode of STEM Southwest finds Bob and Shelly in deep conversation with two young engineers from the University of New Mexico. Emily and Delaney, who have been active leaders of the UNM chapter of the Society of Women in Engineering and just returned from the national conference. Conversation covers everything from women in STEM to the power of […]

036 Native American Women and STEM, with Sandra K. Begay

Today’s guest, Sandra K Begay, is the daughter of a Navajo tribal leader and a public health nurse.  Director Begay has had an extensive career as an engineer with several national research laboratories.  She has been awarded for her work on tribal energy projects, and has mentored dozens of Native American interns.  Her experience, commitment, and passion for renewable energy […]

035 To Infinity and Beyond, with Dale Dekker

This week’s episode highlights a STEM Rockstar who knows New Mexico well.  As a registered architect and planner, he’s been building foundations his entire life as a New Mexico native with a strong interest in economic development and job creation.  Today, Dale Dekker will share his extensive knowledge about the History of Space in New Mexico.  We’ll talk about the […]

033 Collaboration and STEM, with ‘PT’ Money and Experience IT

Show Notes In today’s episode, Bob and Shelly share their experiences about two recent events, FinCon19 and ExperienceIT. FinCon19, Where Money and Media Meet, was held in Washington, DC.  Attendees learned about new financial technologies as well as personal finances, and connected with others in order to plan future collaborations.  We’ll be sharing about some of those technologies in upcoming […]

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 […]