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Diversity in STEM

Diversity in STEMHow do issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity show up in STEM - both in school and in the workforce? What is imposter syndrome and what are ways to you can both be aware of the issue as well as challenge the dominant narratives that pervade STEM and our society? 

Join us in the panel series as we invite guests, Foothill College alumni and community members, to share about their academic and career paths as they navigate issues of diversity at the same time. All sessions are interactive with breakout sessions and will be held on Zoom. 

All panels held on Fridays from 11am - 12:30pm, Pacific Time. 


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Engineering Pathways: Fri, 10/29/21

Join us for a panel on engineering pathways from Foothill and beyond. 

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  • Marie Ako, Facilities Design Engineer at Chevron
    • Marie AkoMarie Ako, originally from Ivory Coast, is a Mechanical Facilities Design Engineer with Chevron El Segundo Refinery. In this role, Marie provides Mechanical Engineering support for routine daily operation of refinery process units, participates in the planning and execution of unit turnarounds, collaborates with diverse groups of people to troubleshoot issues in process plants, manages projects, prepares engineering work instructions to repair, upgrade, install, and/or replace equipment, and develops purchase specifications for engineered mechanical equipment in compliance with industry and corporate standards. Before joining Chevron in 2020, Marie worked for Schlumberger as a Cementing Field Engineer where she was responsible for supervising cementing jobs across the U.S for various Oil and Gas companies. During her tenure at Schlumberger, Marie earned multiple Health Safety and Environment (HSE) awards and was honored as Top performer of her cementing school class. Marie holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering (Petroleum) from the University of Southern California, from which she graduated Cum Laude in December 2017. Marie's LinkedIn profile
  • Lakevious Battle, Senior Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft
    • Lakevious BattleNative of Tarboro, NC. Graduate of Winston Salem State University and North Carolina Central University. Majored in Management Information Systems for my bachelors and masters degree. I was a 4 year collegiate athlete at WSSU. Started in a Helpdesk role in the education system. Worked in couple of Technical Program Manager roles at Verizon. Moved over to engineering as a wireless solution engineer before moving to Netapp as a solutions engineer (storage focused). Later, I moved over to a Cloud role supporting a Netapp based product within Microsoft Azure. That role then led me to the role I have currently as a Senior Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft. I also teach as a adjunct professor at Nash Community College based out of Rocky Mount, NC.
  • Melody Bake, Mechanical Engineer at Nuro
    • Melody BakeMelody transferred to Foothill College as a pre-med student. During her time here she became an NSF scholar, introducing her to a mentor. Through building that relationship she became familiar with engineering and started working at the Biomedical Devices Lab on campus where she began designing and prototyping medical devices. She decided to major in mechanical engineering because she found it to be the perfect combination of art and mathematics. She transferred to SJSU where she participated in the SJSU Formula SAE team. Eager to gain experience in her field she interned at Nasa, Tesla, and Nuro. Upon her 2020 pandemic graduation, she began working full-time as a mechanical engineer at Nuro.
  • Viet Le, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Iron Ox
    • Viet LeA mechanical engineer that is interested in working on cool things. Currently working at Iron Ox as a senior mechanical engineer, developing automation for sustainable greenhouse agriculture. I have a somewhat eclectic background - I've worked on EVs, aerospace, robots, start-ups, and now I'm in high-tech agriculture.
  • Marissa Yañez, Founder of Empoder
    • Marissa YanezMarissa joins Foothill College in the Fall of 2021 as a STEM Workforce Specialist with the goal of helping empower the next generation of underrepresented students in STEM. She is a Foothill alum who transferred to U.C. Berkeley and majored in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and then went on to get a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. As a scientist, she researched the use of biomimetically coated nano-particles to develop novel diagnostic techniques with applications in developing countries. With a deep passion and over 20 years of experience working on efforts to empower underrepresented students to pursue STEM degrees, she eventually pivoted full-time towards developing programs and systems to support increased representation in STEM. She has led efforts for Facebook, and international non-profits to increase representation in Computer-Science across Mexico and Latin America, and currently runs her own non-profit Empoder Latinas Code to empower the next generation of diverse leaders in STEM. Outside of work you can find her hiking, salsa dancing, traveling and spending quality time with friends and family.

Health Science Career Pathways Fri, 2/4/22

Join us for a panel on health science career pathways from Foothill and beyond. 

Susana Frasher: bio to come

Dayna BaraoDayna Hashimoto-Barao, Dental Hygienist Educator at Foothill College, WaterPik, Corporate Dentistry-Apple Park: Dayna completed her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene at Foothill College and then went on to get her B.S. in biopsychology from UC Santa Barbara and her M.S. in dental hygiene from UC San Francisco. Her areas of expertise are professional education and preventative oral health. She currently holds multiple titles as a Professional Educator for Waterpik, Part-Time Instructor for Foothill College Dental Assisting and Clinical Dental Hygienist.

Sherdonna Jackson: bio to come

Edgar RamirezEdgar Ramirez-Montiel, Scientist at AbbVie Pharmaceuticals: I am a first-generation college graduate with a degree in Human Biology from UC Santa Cruz, class of 2015. I have over four years of biotech industry experience with specializations in immuno-oncology, neuroscience, and protein expression and purification. Currently, I am undergoing a project management program through UC Berkeley Extension with the goal to become a certified project manager.

Women in STEM Career Pathways Fri, 3/11/22


Event for Women's History Month

Details to be announced

Environmental Career Pathways Fri, 4/29/22


Details to be announced

Applied Math Career Pathways Fri, 5/20/22

Details to be announced


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