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STEAM Opportunities in Engineering and Business at the Institute of the Americas

Institute of the Americas, December 1, 2017

 

 The Institute of the Americas is collaborating with the San Diego Unified STEAM Leadership Series, the San Diego Unified School System, lead sponsor the Moxie Foundation, and others, in a major event in December 6, 2017, in order to underscore the importance of education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to the future careers of the youth of the region – from all sectors of society. 

Three-hundred junior high and high school students, many of Latin American origin, with interests in STEM participated in this event. 

Through interactive narratives with the participants, Latin American professionals showcased their experience and demonstrate how their achievements and personal pathways to success can serve as practical examples and models for students towards achieving their own potential. 

The participants learned about the new high-tech, business, and entrepreneurial STEM careers from exciting and knowledgeable experts. 

We aim to inform and inspire high school students from across the San Diego District and Tijuana with the variety of business, research and academic, as well as not-for-profit opportunities offered by the San Diego / Baja California mega region. Our objective is to enrich and empower these youth to be able to set their own goals and aspirations and to position themselves for the future to take advantage of the richness of opportunities. 

Special pilot: As a first for the STEAM Leadership Series, the main sessions and breakouts will be live-streamed to a host of academic institutions in Latin and South America – including, but not limited to, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. 

Some 400-hundred junior high and high school students, many of Latin American origin, with interests in STEM will participate in this event.

Through interactive narratives with the participants, Latin American professionals will showcase their experience and demonstrate how their achievements and personal pathways to success can serve as practical examples and models for students towards achieving their own potential.

The participants will learn about the new high-tech, business, and entrepreneurial STEM careers from exciting and knowledgeable experts.

We aim to inform and inspire high school students from across the San Diego District and Tijuana with the variety of business, research and academic, as well as not-for-profit opportunities offered by the San Diego / Baja California mega region. Our objective is to enrich and empower these youth to be able to set their own goals and aspirations and to position themselves for the future to take advantage of the richness of opportunities.

Special pilot: As a first for the STEAM Leadership Series, the main sessions and breakouts will be live-streamed to a host of academic institutions in Latin and South America – including, but not limited to, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay.

THE PROGRAM;

WELCOME REMARKS AND SPEAKER INTRODUCTIONS:

MICHAEL GOODBODY, Strategic Partnerships, Sand Diego Unified School District

STEVE CHAPPLE, Exec. Director of the San Diego Unified STEAM Leadership Series

JAMAL KHOKHAR, President and CEO, Institute of the Americas  (https://www.iamericas.org/en/)

MARCELA CELORIO, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego

KEYNOTE: WENDY MARTINEZ, MANAGER ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, RAYTHEON CORP.

Raytheon, the world’s largest maker of guided missiles, has 63,000 employees and a significant presence in San Diego and California.  Martinez, one of the highest ranked Latina engineers in the country, overseas a senior team of 10, all men.

CONFERENCE EXPECTATIONS: Luisa Reyes, STEM Manager, Institute of the Americas

FIRST BREAKOUT PANEL: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING & IT

Wendy Martinez, Chief Engineer, Manager, Electrical Engineering, Raytheon

Felipe Fernandez, Chief Operating Officer, Jelp, Software Engineering Visionary

Guillermo Mejia, Director Tijuana’s Mind HUB, Consortium of Software and IT Startup Companies

Luisa Reyes, STEM PROGRAMS MANAGER, INSTITUTE OF THE AMERICAS, MODERATOR

SECOND BREAKOUT PANEL: BUSINESS: BINATIONAL ECONOMY OPPORTUNIES

Gabriela Dow, Moderator & Owner, Mora Dow Consulting; Director, NV5; and Co-founder, “Plug & Play San Diego”

Adriana Herrera, Entrepreneur, Consultant/Advisor, Co-founder of GradIntent and Fashioning Change

Miguel Marshal, CEO, Centro Ventures

Adriana Heldiz, Reporter, Digital Editor, Voice of San Diego

 

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