96: PHD Nanomedicine – Embedding messages into Nano Particles – Joy Wolfram
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by Jeff Nigh
2y ago
Joy Wolfram Earned her undergrad in Biology and a PHD in Nanomedicine. Joy’s mission is to use science to save lives. [1:25] Careers with undergrad or graduate degree in Biology could be a writer for scientific journals or magazines. You could also go get a law degree and work on patents in the Biological arena. [2:30] Joy describes what Nanomedicine is and how it spans physics and chemistry disciplines. [4:40] What a day looks like running a research lab. [6:00] How did Joy make the decision to go into Nanomedicine and her specific area of expertise along with what has her fired up! [10:00] A ..read more
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95: PHD In Quantum Chemistry and Quantum Mechanics-From Professor to Sales-Eva Vankova
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by Jeff Nigh
2y ago
Eva Vankova earned a PHD in Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Chemistry. She worked as a professor, travelled to different areas of the world and then took a position in sale at Exxon Mobile [1:50] Eva goes into a little background about Quantum Chemistry – studying the smallest particles around us and they do not behave exactly like matter. This science is very much related to math as well as related to philosophy. Quantum chemistry is use in technology like lasers, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). [4:50] The difference between Chemistry and Quantum Chemistry – Quantum is more in the direction o ..read more
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94: PHD Biomolecular Structure and Design – Wants to make the world a better place – David Beck
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by Jeff Nigh
2y ago
Dr. David Beck earned a PHD in Biomolecular Structure and Design and is the eScience Institute Director of Research and a Research Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Beck has been associated with eScience since 2009, formerly serving as the Director of Research for the Life Sciences. Beyond his biology and chemistry domain expertise, Dr. Beck provides experience in scientific data analytics and mining, parallel programming techniques for data intensive computing and high performance computing applications, and general  software design & engineering support. [1:10] What d ..read more
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93: PHD Biomedical – Nano Technology For Medicine and Drug Delivery – Alessandro Grattoni
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by Jeff Nigh
2y ago
Alessandro Grattoni earned a PHD in Biomedical Engineering and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Nanomedicine at Houston Methodist Research Institute: Houston Methodist Research Institute [0:00] Goes into what Nano-Particles is one of the fields of nano-technology – little engineered molecules; you are essentially engineering matter. [2:45] Why a Mechanical Engineering undergrad vs a Biomedical undergraduate degree. He had a passion from racing bikes and really liked Mechanical but after his masters in Mechanical Engineering, he really wan ..read more
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92: PHD Chemical Engineering – Stretchable Electronics – Michael Dickey
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by Jeff Nigh
2y ago
Michael Dickey earned a PHD in Chemical Engineering for the University of Texas at Austin and is a professor at NC state and has experiences with Nano Fabrication, liquid metals and stretchable electronics: The Dickey Group at NC State [0:45] Little background of Michael – in high school he took a tour of a clean room, where electronics are made, and learned that computer chips are all done with chemical processes and that had an impact on his choice of majors in college – chemical engineering. [3:20] Goes into the difference between Chemistry and Chemical Engineering – Chemist come up with th ..read more
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91: Aerospace Engineer – You will fail a test or class along the way – Erin Young
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by Jeff Nigh
2y ago
Erin Young earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and works as a flight controls engineer at Boom – Supersonic. [1:10] What are careers available for Aerospace Engineering? – 2 paths space or aviation. – Erin went the Aviation route while at first thinking she was going the space route after going to space camp at the age of 13. [3:15] What do you actually focus on during college? – focus on aerodynamics of flight – similar to mechanical engineering, a lot of fluid dynamics. [4:20] Specific systems for supersonic (faster than speed of sound) aircr ..read more
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90: Mechanical/Robotics/Computer Science – Nothing Cooler than Being a Woman in STEM – Alexis Block
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by Jeff Nigh
2y ago
Alexis Block earned a Bachelor’s Degree BS in Mechanical and a Masters in Robotics from the university of Pennsylvania and her final degree will be a PHD in Computer Science. Her research: “HuggieBot” [0:50] Her undergrad is in mechanical, but her PHD is in Computer Science, how is that possible? – Her first programming class was during her sophomore year in college, and her masters in Robotics blended mechanical, electrical, and computer science. [2:10] Goes into the interactions of robots with humans and how people react to the robot. [4:00] Alexis talks about some of the experiments she ran ..read more
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89: Mechanical Engineer – From Sales to STEM Ambassador – Jay Flores
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by Jeff Nigh
2y ago
Jay Flores earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is heavily involved in STEM advocacy. [0:0] Started out in Sales at Rockwell Automation but over the last 3 to 4 years has been an ambassador for STEM. Jay is very passionate about helping kids find passion in STEM. [1:20] Why Jay chose to go directly into sales out of college – through his internship’s he got clarity and what is strengths were from the book “Strength Finders” by Tom Rath. He also took on some side projects within the sales organization. (This goes into the concept of a ..read more
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88: Chemical Engineering in Additive Manufacturing 3D Printing – Stacey Delvecchio
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by Jeff Nigh
2y ago
Stacey Delvecchio earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and is heavily involved in additive manufacturing (3D printing). [1:10] goes into 3D printing a bit and how chemical engineering degree fits into 3D printing and manufacturing – as long as you continue to learn – opportunities will become available. [4:20] Ways to investigate on 3D printing – youtube, linked in, pretty much anywhere on the web. — search for additive manufacturing . [5:30] One thing we do not know about additive manufacturing – there are many metal parts being manufactured this way with high quality and there ..read more
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87: Bio engineering, Biomedical, Mechanical – Try as many new things – Juhanna Robberts
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by Jeff Nigh
2y ago
Juhanna Roberts earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and is in procurement at a large shoe manufactures, Nike. [0:40] Juhanna also has a minor in engineering entrepreneurship, and has played rugby and Australian rules football. [1:15] She goes into the sourcing/buying area which is not a traditional STEM position. She found it during the rotation program at Nike. This was a new challenge for her. Team work is very important and that is a skill that is developed during your college day ..read more
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