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Students Meet STEM Professionals

On Monday, the 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists had a morning filled with hands-on STEM challenges where judges were evaluating not only their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math, but also their teamwork and leadership skills. During this, each team also had the opportunity to meet with 11 STEM professionals. These professiCareer Panel Liz Uptononals were on hand to discuss their experiences, answer questions, and discuss the students’ projects. In pairs, students rotated between tables where the professionals were seated, allowing them a chance to speak personally to each.

A few highlights from the panel:

Liz Upton, from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, asked finalists about their interests and then told them “by the time you’re 20, there’s going to be a whole new horizon of things to be interested in out there.” In addition, she discussed how she didn’t start out studying for a science career, because in the United Kingdom specialization starts around age 14 and her parents initially wanted her to be a lawyer.

Shane Lansing from Broadcom Corporation brought examples of various products that Broadcom chips had been used in, including a Bluetooth headset, Nintendo Wii remote, modem, and other assorted circuit boards that the finalists could examine and ask questions about.

Career Panel Gray TeamCraig Saffoe from the Smithsonian National Zoo told finalists that the Smithsonian is involved in a much broader range of activities than the general public may be aware of. One of the things he loves about working for the Smithsonian is that “no matter what kind of questions I have, there are people at my fingertips that can help me search for answers.” He encouraged the finalists to continue asking questions, as the answer to one question frequently leads to others.

The full list of STEM professionals who participated in Monday’s activity are listed below:

Drew Baden, PhD
University of Maryland
Professor & Chair of Physics Department
Career Panel 3
 

Phillip DeShong, PhD
University of Maryland
Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

Phil Dixon
Broadcom
Engineer

 

Dennis Glanzman
National Institutes of Health
Program Chief

 Career Panel 4

Mi Hillfores, PhD
National Institutes of Health
Chief, Experimental Therapeutics Program
Clinical Neuroscience Research Branch

 

Ike Ikizyan
Broadcom
Mobile Platform Solutions, Associate Technical Director

 

Shane Lansing
Broadcom
Senior Manager, IC Design Engineering

 
Claire L. Parkinson, PhD
Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Climate Change Senior Scientist

 
Craig Saffoe
Smithsonian National Zoo
Great Cats Curator

 

Dennis Twombly, PhD
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Extramural Training Director, Deputy Director Office of Extramural Policy

 

Liz Upton
Raspberry Pi Foundation
Co-founder

 

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