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National S.T.E.M/ S.T.E.A.M Day Series

November 19, 2018
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According to the National Center for Women in Technology, the number of U.S. computing-related job openings expected by 2026 will be 3.5 million. However, only 17% of these jobs can be filled by U.S. computing bachelor’s degree recipients by 2026. As the demand for talent in the tech industry continues to grow, it is important to encourage youth to explore and pursue careers in the S.T.E.M/ S.T.E.A.M fields. To celebrate National S.T.E.M/ S.T.E.A.M Day (Nov. 8), we asked our colleagues from the North and Central America region to share their insights and advice for future generations.

Todd Baldwin, environmental engineer at YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. Snap and Button Products, shares his advice with young people wanting to pursue a career in his field.

Jaime Munoz is the IT chief at YKK El Salvador S.A. DE C.V. He has been working at YKK for 9 years. His favorite thing about the industry is robotics because it represents the combination of mechanized equipment with real daily processes. It involves so much more than a simple software process. Here’s his advice for young people who want to work in his industry.

Tsebaot Kebede, associate application engineer at YKK AP America Inc., shares her recommendations to help you stand out in this ever growing sector.

Dena Morris, manufacturing support manager at YKK (U.S.A.) Inc., has been working at YKK for 21 years. One of her favorite things about working in the S.T.E.M field is combining the business concepts with technical knowledge/skills to collaborate with others to improve their processes. Here’s her advice for young people pursuing a career in her field.

Blanca Hernandez is a graphic designer at YKK Mexicana S.A. de C.V. She believes in being a lifelong learner and encourages youth to always be curious because inspiration can be found anywhere.

Dena Williams, graphic designer at YKK (U.S.A) Inc. encourages youth to never put limits on their creativity and to create with a purpose. Here’s her advice for young people wanting to pursue a career in the S.T.E.A.M. fields.

Paula Salazar is the IT coordinator at YKK Colombia S.A.S.  She has been working at YKK for 11 years. Paula shares her thoughts about working in the S.T.E.A.M fields.

Ashley Randall, IT application development leader at YKK AP America Inc., shares her advice for women pursuing a career in the S.T.E.A.M. fields.

Elaine Haynes, senior systems analyst at YKK (U.S.A.) Inc., has been working at YKK for 3 years and has over 20 years of experience in IT. Here’s her advice for young women who want to pursue a career in IT.

2018 Patent Awards winners offer valuable advice for the next generation of engineers.