STEM Speaker Series

This series is a feature of the mentoring program. Many times STEM professionals who would like to volunteer cannot dedicate the time needed to be a full mentor. In this case, they are placed on a presentation list where when a teacher requests, we send a series of scientists, engineers or other STEM professionals into the classroom on different days to expose students to more careers in STEM. For more information contact the coordinator, Nadia Compton, at ncompton@sacSTEMfair.org.

Available Speakers

Graduate student at University of California, Davis with a Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology

Current Employer: University of California,  Davis - Cheemeng Tan's Lab

Job Title: Graduate Student Researcher

Primary area of Scientific Expertise:  Synthetic Biology-  The assembly of biological components into living tools. My experiments involve molecular cloning (DNA

assembly), bacterial culture, and programming.

Can present to any grade, up to 40 students for 30 minutes to an hour.

Schedule: M/T/W afternoon/F

 

Graduate student at University of California, Davis

Current Employer: University of California Davis

Job Title: Graduate Student Researcher

Primary area of Engineering Expertise:  Biological Engineering

Can present to any grade, up to 20 students for 1 hour.

Schedule: Monday-Friday evening, Weekends-All day

 

California Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Current Employer: State of California

Job Title: Science & Technology Fellow

Primary Area of Scientific Expertise:   PhD in Molecular Toxicology from UC Berkeley

Can present to any grade, up to 40 students for 30 minutes to an hour.

Schedule: Varies

 

Environmental Scientist at the California Department of Public Health: Food Safety Section, Emergency Response Unit

Current Employer: State of California

Job Title: Environmental Scientist

Primary Area of Scientific Expertise:   I investigate foodborne illness outbreaks using mapping (GIS), records review, and onsite audits of food growing and

processing areas.  I also have experience in the biotech industry as well as experience as a high school science teacher.  I have a Biology degree from Sac State with an emphasis in microbiology and a minor in chemistry.

Can present to any grade, small groups to large assemblies for 30 minutes to an hour.

Schedule: Flexible schedule

 

Retired Structural Engineer, formerly with the Professional Engineers in California Government

Previous Employer: State of California

Job Title: Structural Engineer
Primary Area of Engineering Expertise: Civil engineering structures: bridges and buildings of all types. Earthquake engineering.

Can present to 7-10 graders, up to 30 students for 1-2 hours with discussion.

Schedule: Weekdays, Mid-day.

 

Senior Engineer at AECOM Transportation

Current Employer: AECOM Transportation

Job Title: Senior Engineer

Primary Area of Expertise: Structural Engineering, Bridges & Buildings

Can present to 9-12 graders, up to 50 students for 30 minutes.

Schedule: Monday-Friday evening, may be able to schedule short time within week.

 

Technology Expert at Hewlett-Packard

Current Employer: Hewlett-Packard

Job Title: Software

Primary Area of Expertise: Cloud software.

Can present to 6-8 graders, up to 50 students, for 20 minutes.

Schedule: Friday afternoons.

 

Human Resource Specialist at the California Bureau of Reclamation

Current Employer: State of California

Job Title: Human Recourse Specialist

Primary Area of Expertise: The Bureau of Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency with a Strategic Plan outlining numerous programs,

initiatives and activities that will help the Western States, Native American Tribes and others meet new water needs and balance the multitude of competing uses of water in the West.  Our mission critical position are Engineering, Natural Resources, Hydrology, and Land Resources.

Can present to all grades, up to 30 students for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Schedule: Flexible

 

 

 

 

 

Interested in speaking? Sign up as a STEM Speaker here.

 

Contacts

455 Capitol Mall, Suite 500 Sacramento, CA 95814

P: (916) 441.3150

F: (916) 442.4182

sacSTEMfair@sacSTEMfair.org

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