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STEM Southwest Podcast

Release Date: 11/25/2018

068 The Future of Women in STEM, a New Mexico Technology Council panel discussion show art 068 The Future of Women in STEM, a New Mexico Technology Council panel discussion

STEM Southwest Podcast

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 the power of mentoring for young women in technology.  From STEM educators to professionals, these ladies have a lively and important discussion about their own experiences, and how to make the workplace more welcoming for women.  In...

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067 Robots Taking Over the World, with Chris Ziomek show art 067 Robots Taking Over the World, with Chris Ziomek

STEM Southwest Podcast

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 Chris Ziomek is a tech entrepreneur who has over 30 years of experience in high-tech industries.  Chris presently leads Build With Robots, an automation business developing the next generation of robotic tools.  Chris also serves as an adviser and investor in many...

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066 STEM in Flight, with Jill Meyers show art 066 STEM in Flight, with Jill Meyers

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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 woman, she shares it all.  We even get to hear about her latest adventures with Virgin Galactic and the WAI Land of Enchantment Chapter as she mentors her way through an amazing career! Show Notes Jill Meyers has been in aviation...

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065 Law-st in Space, with Day Hochman-Vigil show art 065 Law-st in Space, with Day Hochman-Vigil

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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 politics in a conversation with Day Hochman-Vigil. Show Notes Day Hochman-Vigil is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Santa Fe, and is the only certified aviation and space attorney in the State of New Mexico.  She practices...

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064 Money and Risk, with Ann Shubert show art 064 Money and Risk, with Ann Shubert

STEM Southwest Podcast

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 don’t have to be a math major to understand! Ann Shubert started her professional career planning to be an astrophysicist, receiving a BA in Physics from Princeton University and an MS in Astrophysics from the California...

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063 Kicking Off 2021, with Bob and Shelly show art 063 Kicking Off 2021, with Bob and Shelly

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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 Shelly are driven to be mentors and encourage young people to do hard things!  Join them today for this very special and personal episode as STEM Southwest kicks off its third year of sharing some of the most amazing STEM...

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062 The Dirty Little Secret, with Dr. Gary Selwyn show art 062 The Dirty Little Secret, with Dr. Gary Selwyn

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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 to share his life-saving innovation in the prevention of COVID19! Show Notes Be Greater Than Average Be Greater Than Average Gary S. Selwyn received his B.S. degree in chemistry from New York University, Albany, in 1974, and his Ph.D. degree...

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061 Connecting the Stars in NewSpace, with Casey Anglada DeRaad show art 061 Connecting the Stars in NewSpace, with Casey Anglada DeRaad

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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 over the last decade. and is anticipated to grow as much in the next decade, with more than 80% of the monies being private investment.  This is an opportunity that everyone needs to know about and what we will discuss on...

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060 Making Money and Delighting Audiences Using Technology, with Erika Hecht show art 060 Making Money and Delighting Audiences Using Technology, with Erika Hecht

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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  - online and in-person for learners. Also, check out the Be Greater Than Average  webpage to get your copy of . Help us grow our STEM programs through the  Facebook page.   For over 20 years, Market Ascent...

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059 Blasting Off with the U.S. Space Force, with Gabe Mounce and Captain Roger Anderson show art 059 Blasting Off with the U.S. Space Force, with Gabe Mounce and Captain Roger Anderson

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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  - online and in-person for learners. Also, check out the Be Greater Than Average  webpage to get your copy of . Help us grow our STEM programs through the  Facebook page.   Gabe Mounce directs the Space Force Accelerator program for the Air Force...

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You might say that Jonathan Firth flew into New Mexico through suborbital space aboard Virgin Galactic. A native of the UK, he arrived in the Land of Enchantment with a short-term plan that has since led to a bit longer stay (as so many of us have experienced). He uses his vast knowledge of business, having worked for the Virgin brand for many years, to collaborate with others to build an undeniable STEM ecosystem in Southern New Mexico. A fourth-generation Mechanical Engineer (his son is the fifth), Jonathan shares many STEM lessons from the "States" and abroad. Listeners will be excited to mark their calendar for April 2019 when they can meet Jonathan in-person at the week-long Las Cruces Space Festival!

Show Notes

Jonathan Firth is the Executive Vice President at Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight company that is developing commercial spacecraft and aims to provide suborbital spaceflights for future astronaut customers and for space science missions flying from Spaceport America in Sierra County, New Mexico.  Jonathan is English, and came from London to live in Las Cruces, NM four years ago. He is a member of the company’s leadership team, a mechanical engineer by background, and has been active and passionate throughout his career on initiatives to inspire and educate the next generation, particularly in the STEAM arena.

Virgin Galactic

Spaceport America

Las Cruces Space Festival

 

Book recommendations:

  1. To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the  Modest Problem of Death, by Mark O’ Connell
  2. A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking
  3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
  4. The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe
  5. Cosmos, by Carl Sagan

STEM Heroes:

Richard Feynman

George Orwell

Favorite quote:          

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” - by Albert Einstein

STEM Rockstar:

Dr. Bill Gutman

"How can we make space travel more accessible" at TedXABQ

 

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