STEM Speaker Series: 2018-2019

Women in STEM: Using Tech for Good

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Sargun Kaur, Byteboard Co-Founder

Sargun Kaur is the CEO and co-founder of a startup, funded by Google’s incubator Area 120, that’s working to recreate the technical interviewing experience to be more effective, efficient, and equitable. Previously, she was a software engineer on Google Photos Android, focusing on building features for the Gallery (home tab) and improving the Photos app experience for users in lower-connectivity areas around the world. Sargun enjoys focusing on challenging technical problems surrounding building inclusive products for users around the world, particularly in developing markets. She also actively participates in communities at and out of Google that encourage diverse and inclusive products and promote women and POCs in tech. When not coding, she challenges her design skills and runs an online stationery company. 

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, CEO and Founder of DREAMer’s Roadmap

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca is the founder of DREAMers Roadmap. She is a former undocumented student, who years ago had to drop out of school to help support her family. She is a recent graduate of Canada College. Sarahi was a Champion of Change at the White House in 2014, received a House of Representatives Award in 2015, and was recently named in Forbes 30 under 30. Sarahi wants everyone to achieve their fullest potential and hopes to help hundreds of thousands of student eliminate the barriers to success.

Danielle Rose, Chief Programs Officer of SMASH

As an experienced operations leader, Danielle joined SMASH (formerly Level Playing Field Institute) in June 2015 as Director of Programs and was promoted to Chief Programs Officer in March 2016. Prior to her transition into education, Danielle worked in the energy sector for eight years in a diverse set of engineering and business roles for BP America, Inc. in Houston and Chicago. Her decision to leave the corporate environment was driven by an aspiration to leverage her skills into an organization positioned to sustainably improve the educational experience of our nation’s low-income youth of color. Just prior to joining SMASH, Danielle successfully built and managed the operations for Redbird Advanced Learning, an EdTech startup recently acquired by McGraw-Hill.  Danielle holds a B.S. from Spelman College in Mathematics and a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is proud to return and work in service to the community where her interest, abilities and sense of belonging in STEM were fed and nurtured.  Danielle is a true California native as she enjoys all things outdoors, staying active, eating clean and living green.

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Black 365: Being a Black Man in STEM

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Jarrett David attended Hampton University in Hampton Virginia for two years where he majored in Computer Science. He then transferred to Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia where he had the opportunity to perform research in the following areas: Physics, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. After graduating from Morehouse College with his Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, he interned at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he was a part of a team working on a big data project. At the end of the internship he applied to Texas A&M University’s graduate program to pursue a Masters degree in Computer Science. While in graduate school he worked as a graduate assistant for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program as well as in the Parasol Research laboratory. During his graduate program, he had the opportunity to volunteer for the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) laboratory, there he designed and ran robot demonstrations during SXSW Interactive.

Currently, Jarrett is a Web Developer for the Engineering Communications department at Texas A&M University and will receive his Master’s degree in May 2019.  In this presentation, he discusses his research path and his experiences as a Black man in STEM.  

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How to Stand Out in STEM

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Ashleigh Richelle is the Communications Manager at SMASH, a non-profit pipline organization for students of color preparing for college studies in STEM.  Ashleigh shares a personal history with the organization as a SMASH Berkeley 2010 alumna of the SMASH Academy. There, she first discovered her passion for using technology to tell stories.

Ashleigh attended the University of Chicago, where she graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Cinema & Media Studies and a minor in Human Rights, focusing on documentary film production. While in college, Ashleigh served as the chapter president of her sorority, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. Prior to joining SMASH in 2015, she interned at CBS Interactive as a fellow of the Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media and worked on the university recruiting team at LinkedIn. She’s currently involved with the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the local Bay Area chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Ashleigh is a role model for young women of color and Latinx and an advocate for student success.  In this presentation, she discusses how to stand out in STEM when applying for jobs with three areas to focus on.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Cambio


National Hispanic Heritage month is the period between September 15th and October 15th in the United States.  During this time Americans recognize and celebrate the positive and enriching contributions of the generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans to our society and culture.  The STEM Center is contributing to the celebration with Cambio: How The Latinx Community Is Changing STEM.

Cambio is a panel discussion about more than STEM.  It is about empowerment, change, and where members in our community are leading the way! The three panelists cover a range of fields: Laura Gutierrez is a bioengineer; Angel Ku is a medical doctor in residency; and Kimberly Gonzalez is an educator democratizing access for the community to professional manufacturing equipment. All three have incredible stories related to education, their journeys, and the changes they are making as Latinx's in their fields of work and study. 

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