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20March

National Women's History Month

Women in Maker Community Week

Name: Christina Mirando
Company: Women.Design.Build
Title: Co-founder, Executive Director

Christina

Was there a person in your life that encouraged you in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and/or to enter your specific field? If so, please tell us a little bit about how she/he encouraged you:  

Christina: Since age 5, I was always building structures with wooden blocks and rearranging my room to create new spaces. I was (and still am) fascinated by the way you can manipulate space using such simple materials! I have to thank my parents for this -- early on they had observed my interest in the built world and were completely supportive of it.

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17March

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Green Fun courtesy of Steve Spangler Science

Wishing everyone a happy and lucky St. Patrick's Day. Hope you remembered to wear green!

Green Slime

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15March

National Women's History Month

Women in Energy Week

Name: Trisha Elizondo
Company: Energy Renewal Partners, LLC
Title: Chief Operating Officer

Trisha Elizondo


Was there a person in your life that encouraged you in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and/or to enter your specific field? If so, please tell us a little bit about how she/he encouraged you:

Trisha: My dad always had a passion for engineering. He taught us to understand how things work and solve for problems with creative solutions. I watched him (and he does) build many things from scratch and come up with a new design or tool to complete a job. When he built things he often had my siblings and I help. We were not always excited to join in the building process but when I look back it is one of the best things he had us do and it made many great memories. We were constantly challenged and pushed to exceed our own expectations. 

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13March

National Women's History Month

Women in Energy Week

Name:  Erin Keys
Company: Webber Energy Group (University of Texas at Austin)
Title: IGERT Fellow (Graduate Research Assistant)

Erin Keyes

Was there a person in your life that encouraged you in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and/or to enter your specific field? If so, please tell us a little bit about how she/he encouraged you:

Erin: Two people in particular encouraged me to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. One of these influential people was my high school chemistry teacher, and the other influential person was my father. Mrs. Cohlmia, my high school chemistry teacher, pushed me to stew on concepts individually before asking others for help. Although complying with her wish was challenging (and annoying!) in the beginning, I started to realize the magnitude of my analytical abilities. From that realization, I grew a love for problem solving. My father, as an engineer by training, served as more of a role model for me. That, and while driving through Texas on the way to his hometown, he would underline the fact that "you need to major in mechanical engineering" in response to my question wondering "what do I need to study in order to work with wind turbines?"

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