Pathways to Achievement In Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math
So many people discuss the importance of educating our nation and our students getting degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM), but it is often difficult to successfully guide students through the educational landscape. This results in low retention rates, poor academic outcomes, and an increase in the difficulty of recruiting students into technology related careers. What’s needed are real world examples of trailblazers who carved out their own path to success in STEM and are willing to guide others in successfully reaching their educational destinations. What’s needed are STEM Navigators. STEM Navigators is a compilation of real life STEM success stories from people who have not only been wildly successful in pursuing and obtaining their own Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics degrees, but they have all worked to teach, mentor, and research ways to guide others effectively through obtaining a STEM education.
Welcome, all STEM Navigators!
This website was created to support the dreams of many STEM Navigators where ever they are.
Our team of authors wanted to collaborate on a book that told our story as we journeyed (and are still journeying) through our Pathway to Achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. As young STEM students we definitely didn’t know where our pathway would lead us and we didn’t always know that the twists and turns back then would form us into the community changers we are today. BUT we did know that it was all possible together.
Over the years, we have graduated, worked, started businesses, and built families, but one thing that remained consistent was our love of STEM. This love of STEM has fueled us to make a difference in not only our lives, but in our community, as well.
So join our journey as you continue your journey to becoming a STEM Navigator and write your own Pathway to Achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
This book is a compilation of real-life STEM success stories from people who have not only been wildly successful in pursuing and obtaining their own Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics degrees, but they have all worked to teach, mentor, and research ways to guide others effectively through obtaining a STEM education.
The STEM Navigators
Meet The Authors
Coach Sandra Roach, Dr. Jasmine D. Crenshaw, Dr. Lauren D. Thomas, Dr. Charmane Caldwell, Dr. Arielle Drummond, and Dr. Anderson D. Prewitt.
Sandra Roach is an avid motivator. She believes the greatest gift you can give people is the gift of options. With over a decade of instructional, management and tutoring experience, Roach is committed to lifelong learning and improving lives through goal setting, test preparation, and career development workshops. Through effort, discipline, and hard work, she has accomplished many of her professional and personal goals.
Dr. Jasmine Davenport Crenshaw is a native of Durham, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from North Carolina A&T State University, a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida. Her graduate research specialty area is in Biomaterials, where she focused her research on examining the self-assembly of kinesin biomolecular motor proteins during active transport using computational methods.
Dr. Lauren D. Thomas is a Research Scientist at the University of Washington, Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching. In her role, she coordinates the participation of six Washington colleges in the Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education, CPREE. She also acts as a research and evaluation consultant for STEM education programs and initiatives around the country.
Dr. Charmane V. Caldwell is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE). She is responsible for ensuring that the demographics of students, faculty and staff uphold the college’s mission “to attract and graduate a greater number of minorities and women in professional engineering.” As Director, Charmane leads a comprehensive effort to develop and implement diversity and inclusion strategies and programs, with emphasis on four primary areas: outreach/recruitment of prospective undergraduate and graduate students; improving the climate and culture within the college to welcome all its constituents; assist with the transition of new faculty into the College of Engineering and providing recommendations to senior administration within the FAMU-FSU COE regarding diversity issues to establish college policies and procedures. Additionally, Dr. Caldwell serves as a teaching professor for the First-Year Engineering Lab (FYEL), which is part of the pre-engineering program.
Dr. Arielle Drummond is a lead reviewer at the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) within the Division of Cardiovascular Devices. She is also a lecturer in the Applied Biomedical Engineering Program at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the Food and Drug Administration, she worked as an R&D Engineer at CircuLite, Inc. developing circulatory assist devices to treat adults and children who suffer from heart failure. White at CircuLite, Dr. Drummond served as the Principal Investigator of a Fast Track Small Business Innovation Research Award (SBIR) supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
Dr. Anderson D. Prewitt is the founder and Managing Member of Prewitt Solutions LLC. Prewitt Solutions was established in Tampa, FL with the goal of being the go-to source for data-driven science and technology solutions. Prewitt Solutions is a minority-owned consulting and sales firm that provides cutting-edge solutions to complex and challenging problems, with expertise in applied research, STEM education and training, statistical research methodologies, experimental design, and computational analysis. Prewitt Solutions is a certified SBE and MBE.