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

STEM Southwest Podcast

Release Date: 11/05/2019

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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 run deep, and are now being harnessed to proliferate sustainable energy solutions for the City of Albuquerque.

 

Show Notes

Sandra K. Begay was born and raised in New Mexico, and is a member of the Navajo Nation.  Sandra received her Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico and then earned her Masters of Science in Structural Engineering from Stanford University.  Sandra recently became the Director of Environmental Health for the City of Albuquerque after having served for a number of years as an engineer with Sandia National Laboratories. 

STC.UNM Board Member - Sandra Begay (bio)

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City of Albuquerque - Environmental Health Department

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Henrietta Mann

 

Book Recommendations:

An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming, by Al Gore

 

Contact:

sbegay@cabq.gov