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September 2012 - Karen D. Purcell – Engineer, Entrepreneur, Author focused on the future of STEMKaren D. Purcell – Engineer, Entrepreneur, Author focused on the future of STEM
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Finding a Mentor

In an earlier post I shared a list of programs that girls can get involved in to support their pursuits in STEM. Another powerful strategy to use is finding, keeping and relying on a mentor to guide you on your path. At an early age, if we feel like we aren’t getting the advice and […]

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The Math Myth: Boys Are Not Better at Math Than Girls

In our culture, there is a prevailing notion that boys are somehow inherently better at math than girls are. This dangerous assumption is at the core of the gender imbalance that exists in fields of study and work involving math, such as engineering. When most people, including educators, have a subconscious idea that math is […]

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Video: Goal of Unlocking Your Brilliance

Please check out this video to understand the goal of my book, Unlocking Your Brilliance. Karen Purcell

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Why Do Women Leave Careers in STEM?

As females, we faced tough challenges in deciding to enter a STEM discipline, confronted gender imbalance in our studies, and overcame bias in order to land a job in our chosen field. Even after we establish ourselves in our careers, we continue to encounter career-ending traps. After overcoming so much to come this far, why […]

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Video: Career Options with an Engineering Degree

There are many different career options available with an engineering degree. Learn more with this video or in this related blog post. Thanks! Karen Purcell .

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STEM Spotlight: Tracy Drain Discusses Respect and Confidence

In today’s STEM spotlight, we will hear from Tracy Drain on how to cultivate respect in your position and gain confidence along the way.   Now a systems engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Tracy Drain was a recent college graduate and brand-new engineer in 2000. Having been hired to work in a department with […]

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