STEM BOOMERANG News:
ALBUQUERQUE — For the second year in a row, business, academic and economic development and government leaders from the city, state and region will converge at The University of New Mexico meet with recent, highly-trained STEM professionals who are in and out of New Mexico.
The purpose of the STEM Boomerang is to connect the dots between the many highly-paid job opportunities that exist in New Mexico in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and other technical areas and graduates from New Mexico who may wrongly believe that the state has little to offer its STEM professionals. In fact the tech/biotech/engineering startup and businesses in New Mexico are growing exponentially.
“We want to make real-time connections for careers: to help businesses, our economy, the students we have educated, families, and the state of New Mexico,” said STEM Boomerang organizer Maggie Werner-Washburne. “In fact, there are thousands of good-paying, challenging jobs all over the state, and employers here are eager to meet New Mexico’s highly educated STEM workforce. What’s been missing is a connection, and we’d like to be the bridge to overcome this disconnect.”
The conference is scheduled for right before the holidays by design. We want our New Mexico STEM professionals who live here and elsewhere to see New Mexico at it’s best, when careers, family, our great environment call to all of us.
At the inaugural symposium in December 2017, more than 200 people attended, including 115 STEM professionals, 75 percent of them from outside of New Mexico.
More than half the participants had Ph.D.s, and about half were ready to begin jobs in the tech sector within the year. We have placed almost a dozen STEM Boomerangers and are connecting more people right now.
More than 30 companies attended in 2017, to recruit, including Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Air Force Research Laboratory, Applied Technology Associates, Indicia Labs and Lavu.
Participants (BS/MS/PhD in the broad area of STEM) are encouraged to fill out the survey on our website, stemboomerang.org. Registration is open for participants and Businesses.
Organizers are encouraging businesses, participants from last year, and all other interested individuals to take a brief survey, which can be found at stemboomerang.org and is used to allow us to connect businesses and participants prior to and at the meeting, December 20, 2018. STEM Boomerang will also present a series of webinars, starting in November, that will cover career options, interviews, and direct meetings with New Mexico employers from start ups to the national laboratories.
The University of New Mexico is a Titanium sponsor for the 2018 STEM Boomerang. It is also sponsored by many different organizations, including the cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the State Economic Development Department, the New Mexico Tech Council, Morgan Stanley, and others.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Werner-Washburne said the eventual goal is to have STEM Boomerang events and webinars throughout the year and make finding and building a career in STEM in New Mexico a great experience from start to finish. Discover New Mexico!