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This week’s episode is a double dose of Fin Tech! Join Bob and Shelly and learn about FinCon21, where money and media meet, and also hear from some of the interesting folks that they met and some great tools for your financial future. Show Notes Watch episode here Ryan Ruff is Head of Fintech Relations at ASA, bridging the gap with the creators of …
 
Celina Bussey is a Specialist Leader at Deloitte and this week's guest on STEM Southwest Podcast. Her rich experience in workforce development gives amazing insight into this deep dive discussion about the future of the STEM workforce. Shelly and Celina discuss workforce solutions and innovations as well as the important and growing work happening …
 
Today's guest is working to ensure that the gap in the digital divide for Indian tribes is closing! Catherine Nicolaou and Sacred Wind Communications are leveraging all of the resources that they can reach and then some as they try to solve this daunting issue. Hear from her today about how organizations are partnering to make a difference and brid…
 
Today's guest, Dr. Rebecca Woodbury (Keller), is a scientist, chemist, educator, cyclist, and curriculum expert! In this episode, she and Shelly have a great discussion on how to disrupt education and what needs to be done to provide a greater STEM experience for students. Join them and consider what you can do to take action and help to infuse edu…
 
Please join us today as we have an interesting discussion with a repeat guest, Jonathan Firth, who is Chief Operating Officer at D-Orbit, an international New Space company with solutions covering the entire lifecycle of a space mission. We first met Jonathan as the organizer of the Las Cruces Space Festival and met him again at a robotics competit…
 
Join Shelly and her guest today, Ray Sandoval, Director of Corporate Communications and brand management at PNM Resources, talk about key issues including sustainability and environmental leadership. Ray also shares his love of Old Man Gloom, Zozobra, and explains the technology involved in lighting a fire to burn away troubles! Show Notes Watch ep…
 
Today's guest is no stranger to the STEM Southwest podcast. Jill Meyers was a previous guest on Episode 66, and we brought her back today to share her experience as a VIP at the Virgin Galactic launch from Spaceport America. Jill recounts her thoughts as she watched firsthand the history of making spaceflight and her close brush with Elon Musk. Sho…
 
This week’s guest is young and wise with thoughtful answers to questions we are all asking. Join us as this STEM Rockstar shares his passion for leveling the playing field and building a place where kids can create and learn. STEM Southwest interviews Andrew Proctor and reveals the power of youth. In addition, Bob and Shelly share their plans for a…
 
In this episode, hosts Bob and Shelly dig deep and share their personal commitment to connecting the STEM dots. Listeners will get behind the scenes commentary on life, profession, and as always, all things STEM. Join our rockstar hosts as they recommit to you, their listeners! Show Notes Watch episode here Majority of New Mexico's STEM Workforce d…
 
Shaun Taylor, aka Nytfury FPV, and his wife, Teng Ma, aka JuneBug FPV, are professional drone pilots that have accepted awards on both world and national podiums. Shaun is a world champion, 2xnational champion and 2xXDC champion along with numerous other awards. Teng has earned the title as fastest female and is a member of the USA women's FPV team…
 
Join Shelly as she leads a panel discussion of Women in STEM on the important topic of getting our girls more involved in tech. Hear the perspectives of this diverse panel during a session at Experience IT, an event sponsored by the New Mexico Technology Council, as these panelists cover important thoughts, experiences, and focus on understanding t…
 
Robots are revolutionizing every industry and today’s guest shares how his company is ensuring co-bots are keeping people safe while completing important tasks. Chris Ziomek and the team at Build With Robots are making a difference and leveraging the support of the community to make great things happen! Show Notes Watch episode here Chris Ziomek is…
 
Today's guest shares her journey flying high and the work that it took her to get there. Jill Meyers has had a storied career in STEM with some amazing organizations, and we know you will be wanting more when we are done . . . because we did! From stories about aviation, learning to fly at 17 years old, and facing the challenging world of STEM as a…
 
This week’s guest, a NM State Representative, takes a break from her duties serving the people of New Mexico to discuss important issues that matter to the region. Her passion for flying led to a path in aviation law. She is leading the way to establish New Mexico as a premiere place for space and flight. Listen in as Bob nerds out over law and pol…
 
Today’s interview is a follow-up with Financial expert, Ann Shubert. It is our first podcast built to help with the money questions that you have. Join us as we get beginner tips for those just starting out on their financial journey, as well as those for professionals with retirement nearing. Great tips for STEM entrepreneurs and advice that you d…
 
This week, we start off 2021 with a special peek into the lives of our hosts, Bob and Shelly. They are no longer hiding behind the microphone because their podcast editor has convinced them to give listeners more. So, now you cannot only listen to the podcast, but if you choose, you can watch the video recording on their YouTube channel! Bob and Sh…
 
Join Bob and Shelly this week and get the scoop on a dirty little science secret that the textile industry doesn't want you to know. Our guest, Gary S. Selwyn, a retired Los Alamos National Laboratory chemist, shares his discoveries and innovations that have him learning a lot about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval process as he works…
 
Working to make New Mexico the first choice for the space industry today’s guest is investing her retirement years in this mission. Breaking down walls and silos helps to create a rich ecosystem that will benefit the entire Southwest region and lead to a greater economic impact. Space is more than a $350 billion industry. It has increased tenfold o…
 
Today's guest is an expert in using technology to advance business and learning. Erika Hecht is the CEO of Market Ascent and shares her thoughts and expertise on how we can make money and delight audiences in order to make a greater impact using technology and tools to create amazing online experiences. Show Notes Fall STEM Learning offered by Be G…
 
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 lea…
 
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 th…
 
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 partneri…
 
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…
 
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-t…
 
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…
 
This week's guest had a serendipitous journey to her career in STEM. In an effort to diagnose her son and improve the quality of life for her mother, Karen Crow set out to learn more about sleep which led to a breakthrough in wearable sensors. Now, as the CEO of the startup, NeuroGeneces, Karen shares about the impact of technology on the study and…
 
This week's episode is a great example of how business and technology meet at a crossroads to entertain! As a creative technologist, John-Mark Collins uses his STEM knowledge to build immersive technology-driven experiences. His most recent project, Electric Playhouse, puts his background in Computer Engineering, Art, and Architecture to the test. …
 
Find out what happens when nerds meet across the miles. Turning COVID Quarantine into opportunity, these rockstars do their part to connect the world, have interesting discussions, and throw in a bit of quirkiness for fun! We can't wait to share this special episode full of nerds from across the nation! Join us when STEM Southwest meets Nerd Talk! …
 
Businesses both big and small are feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are shutting doors while others are facing unprecedented growth. During this time in history, what predictors can we use to determine success of our small businesses and employers? While the unemployment rolls may be growing, the truth is that we are still facing an…
 
Join us in this week's episode as our guest, Dr. Jason Harper, shares his STEM story. Jason has been involved as a research scientist for a national lab and shares his thoughts on how technology is impacting infectious diseases. Jason serves the community through his important work as a scientist, and also serves the community as an elected member …
 
In this week's episode, we dive deep into the science behind COVID-19 with one of our favorite previous guests, Dr. Paul Szauter. During quarantine, Paul has worked hard to digest scientific research and share the results in more user-friendly language so that more people can understand what is happening and how science is impacting the fight again…
 
What started as a challenge by Shelly to her robotics team to look around and identify a way to serve others resulted in the spark of an idea to use the 3D printers that team members had built themselves to print visors that would be assembled into life-saving face shields. What started as a project to help a neighbor by printing 10 face shields qu…
 
Today's guest, Travis Rosser, is the author of You, Inc., and an ed-tech developer. After a decade in the software industry, Travis co-founded Kajabi, a knowledge capital platform. While he is no longer at Kajabi, it continues to impact tens of thousands of people and generate millions in sales. As a speaker and internet entrepreneur, Travis believ…
 
Matt Johnson is a world-renown filmmaker specializing in weddings. In this episode, he shares how his involvement in competitive robotics led him to use technology in media arts. Matt’s talent, coupled with his amazing business partner wife, Rachel Johnson, have built their company, Filmstrong, into a much sought-after business. As a STEM professio…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 pa…
 
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 …
 
Have you ever entered a science fair? Today's guests are going to share their experiences as well as the best tips and resources on how to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held each spring. Karen Kinsman is a STEM professional working to champion STEM programs throughout New Mexico, and she introduces us to a bro…
 
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 sharin…
 
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 chall…
 
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 exceptio…
 
This week’s guest is Steve Goodgame who is the Executive Director of the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics. He is passionate about teaching students to code at a young age and uses the Botball competition as a tool to do just that. Like us, Steve’s desire is to help teachers meet the challenges of implementing STEM in the classroom so that ther…
 
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 on how we can ra…
 
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