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Technology solves problems or performs specific functions by making, modifying, and using tools, machines, techniques, systems and methods of organization. Current technology usually involves computers, but technology has existed since humans learned to control fire.
Engineers apply scientific knowledge, mathematics and creativity to develop solutions to technical problems. There are many different types of engineers, including: biological, materials, civil, environmental, structural, electrical, computer, mechanical, aerospace, industrial, and nuclear.
Mathematicians create new models to understand and solve real-world problems. Mathematicians solve practical problems in fields such as business, government, engineering and the sciences.

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20 Fascinating Lady Scientists to Follow on Twitter #FF

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scienceladySCIENCE!!! Ok, seriously — science is awesome and so are these lady scientists.  Follow them to see what they’re doing day-to-day and wow! it’s pretty cool.  You can follow us @LadyParagons, and see all our Twitter lists too. SCIENCE!!!

  1. Karen L. Nyberg (@AstroKarenN) — NASA Astronaut. Recent resident of the International Space Station. Now happy at home. http://go.nasa.gov/np5ICw
  2. Hadiza Mohammed (@w_rock_science) — Founder of Women Rock Science. Black Girl In STEM. Smashing the Patriarchy. Hilary Clinton Fanclub. Empowerment. Real Talk
  3. The Grumpy Chemist (@Chemistry_Kat) — Mostly grumpy. Tweets about life with #realtimechem and cats. Has no idea what’s going on.
  4. Winter-Esther Okoth (@WinterOkoth) — Founder @PMentorship | Biomed Researcher Mayo Clinic | HEA Associate |Entrepreneurial Leader | Women in STEM Empowermnt EndMalaria, Health,Youth, Peace Advocate
  5. Laura Trouille (@WindyCityAstro) — ex-Roller Derbier turned full contact astronomer (split between galaxy research and K12 computational STEM education research) at NU & The Adler Planetarium.
  6. Dr Heather Williams (@alrightPET) — Senior Medical Physicist @CMFTNHS Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography (PET) specialist; STEM ambassador; Mum; @Science_Grrl Director.
  7. Anne Glover (@EU_ScienceChief) — I am Chief Scientific Adviser to José Manuel Barroso, President of @EU_Commission. I am going to tweet about fascinating science going on in Europe
  8. Julianne Dalcanton (@dalcantonJD) — Astrophysicist at the University of Washington. Principal Investigator of the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT).
  9. Sam Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) — Samantha Cristoforetti. ESA astronaut. Italian Air Force officer. Looking forward to riding a Soyuz rocket to ISS in Nov. 2014 as part of Exp. 42/43. #Futura
  10. Indra Petersons (@IndraPetersons) — #CNN #CBM #Meteorologist. #Travel Junkie. Tomboy at heart. True #weather #nerd: B.S. Atmospheric Physics. Minors: #Math, #Physics & #Business
  11. Dr Suze Kundu (@FunSizeSuze) — Doctor of Materials Science. Nano-chemist literally and professionally. Artificial photosynthesiser. Science communicator. Love dancing, live music, Muse, shoes
  12. Keri Bean (@PlanetaryKeri) — #TAMU c/o ’10 & ’13 in meteorology. Working @NASAJPL as @NASA_Dawn science planner! Former meteorologist on @MarsCuriosity and @MarsPhoenix. Tweets are my own.
  13. Prof Alice Roberts (@DrAliceRoberts) — Professor of Public Engagement in Science at University of Birmingham; Physical anthropologist, author, and science presenter
  14. Suzanne Pilaar Birch (@suzie_birch) — Archaeologist & postdoc @ Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World, Brown University. Tweets: archaeology, OA, higher ed, women in science.
  15. Lisa Randall (@lirarandall) — Physicist, Author of Warped Passages, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Higgs Discovery
  16. Athene Donald (@AtheneDonald) — Physics Professor Cambridge, researching interface with biology; University gender equality champion; Master-elect @ChurchillCol;
  17. Lucie Green (@Dr_Lucie) — Royal Society University Research Fellow staring at the Sun and beyond. Based at UCL
  18. Jeanne Garbarino (@JeanneGarb) — Scientist turned Director of Science Outreach at @RockefellerUniv. I break vegetarian for pulled pork. Long live the Oxford comma.
  19. Dorothy Bishop (@deevybee) — Professor of developmental neuropsychology. Blog on http://deevybee.blogspot.com
  20. Jacquelyn Gill (@JacquelynGill) — Assistant Professor at the University of Maine. Conservation paleoecologist using the natural experiments of the past to understand a warming world.

Know of a lady scientist we should be following? Please share in the comments!

Engineer Ascends as GM’s First Female CEO

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Fortune The Most Powerful Women 2013

Fortune The Most Powerful Women 2013 (Photo credit: Fortune Live Media)

General Motors, the giant in the male-dominated auto industry, just named it’s first female CEO, who also happens to be an engineer. Mary Barra is currently the executive vice president of global product development has been with the automaker for 33 years. She has an electrical engineering degree from Kettering University and an MBA from Stanford and has held a variety of roles in engineering and assembly. Ms. Barra is taking on the top role as current CEO, Dan Akerson, leaves the companies to spend time with his wife who is suffering from advanced stage cancer.

Ms. Barra started at GM at the age of 18 to help pay tuition for her electrical engineering degree.  She has told Forbes that “being a car gal rather than a car guy has never stood in her way. It’s about no-kidding results.”  Her focus in her current position has been to build at least 500,000 vehicles with some sort of electrification (including hybrids).

It’s good to see an engineer (who happens to be female) in the top spot of a company that’s in an industry that’s historically been very male-dominated.

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STEM Events for Week of December 9, 2013

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STEM-calendarHere’s some of the STEM Events happening this week:

All Week

Monday, December 9

Wednesday, December 11

Thursday, December 12

Friday, December 13

Saturday, December 14

If you have an event you’d like us to add, please submit it.