STEM Talk at Marymount University

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A presentation I gave to the STEM Club at Marymount University talking about my engineering background and how it helped my career as I shifted into business, law, and economics.

A presentation I gave to the STEM Club at Marymount University talking about my engineering background and how it helped my career as I shifted into business, law, and economics.

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  • 1. What a STEM Major Can Do For You The Experience of an Engineer
  • 2. STEM Statistics• STEM majors very much in demand• Higher salaries• Lower unemployment rates than other majors• May ease entry into grad school?• Great background for starting business • 23% of Fortune 500 CEOs studied engineering• Easier to "retool"
  • 3. Not All Majors Are Created Equal
  • 4. My Background• Mechanical Engineering • Virginia Tech• My Engineering Experience • DuPont • IBM • Westinghouse / Siemens • Mitsubishi
  • 5. Jobs• Design• Manufacturing• Instrumentation & Controls• Marketing• Sales• Project Management
  • 6. Travel• Never set foot on an airplane until I was 21• Since traveled to 28 countries on all 7 continents, including Antarctica• Visited all 50 states• Had resources & opportunities to do so because of engineering
  • 7. Career Shift• MBA at University of Florida• JD (law degree) at George Mason University• PhD in Economics at George Mason University • Despite having never taken an economics class as an undergrad • Mercatus Center, Becket Fund, FTC• Each academic experience enriched by STEM background • Santa Fe Institute• Volunteer work
  • 8. Why Economics?• Study of the incentives and institutions that promote scientific discovery• Analyzes the effects new technology has on human flourishing and well-being• Ponders the impact of innovation and entrepreneurship• Law and Economics analyzes the impact of intellectual property• Arguably the most STEM-ish of all the social sciences• Lots of engineering analogies
  • 9. Skills Most Useful in My Career• Communication • Written & Oral• Math • Calculus / Linear Algebra / Diff. Eq. / Numerical Methods• Physics & Chemistry• Probability & Statistics• Economics• Computers • Operation & Programming
  • 10. Second Derivative of Worlds Change = Positive (+) • Rate of change of the world appears to be positive • No one knows what tomorrow holds • Prediction = unpredictability • Mitigate risk by training to be adaptable • Very few skills more in demand than quantitative • Will help broaden understanding of the world and increase opportunities throughout life • Strong signal of value to potential employers