CSU students help close the gender gap in STEM studies

November 21, 2022

Women in STEM

Through rigorous training courses and hands-on experiences, students are enrolled in Robotics program at Columbus State University excel in all areas of mechanical engineering and computer software development. With individual reasons for entering this field, each student has high expectations for their future career and strives to help people through technology.

Many students in the program chose CSU for the degrees available through the robotics program and the professors who teach and support each student in their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) experience. Graduate student Shkov Davarzini was chosen to attend California State University because of the experience and credibility of the professors in the program. “I think this is a great opportunity for us and it allows us to conduct our research according to our interests,” Davarzin said. The initial interest of each student was aroused by the different experiences that now motivate and influence their career choice.

Undergraduate Cynthia Lopez-Jordan chose to pursue the medical field in robotics after her family members underwent surgery that was completed by robots. “The reason I’m thinking about the medical field is because I know my parents have done surgeries with robots and I think that’s cool and I just want to try those operations and see how they’re made and see how MRI machines work or even go into prosthetics.”

Rahman Yunus is in her second year of a master’s program in robotics and admires robotics because of the many career opportunities that can be achieved after graduation. “Because it is such a diverse field and it allows you to choose between different career paths. I am more interested in working as a software engineer,” Younes said.

Her sophomore classmate, Isabella Valera is pursuing her degree in robotics and digital software design to help a family member who has suffered the loss of an eye. “I want to help as many people as possible,” Valera said when asked about her goals after obtaining her robotics degree. Her interest in robotics emerged at an early age and has continued to expand over the years. “So what got me interested in robotics is the design part of it. I love Auto-cat, and I love working with digital software and 3D modeling.”

Although robotics is a male-dominated field, Women in STEM at Columbus State University They do not view this fact as shocking. “I can work in this field and show my talents to open doors for other women, not only for my country but for women everywhere,” said graduate student Ismail “Saira” Gillam. She already has a degree in software design and is currently furthering her education with robotics in her master’s program to set an example for all women.

Senior Skylar Dexter is already getting a head start on her career. Dexter expects to be promoted when she gets her degree in robotics. “As of now, I work at Pratt and Whitney as a Maintenance Technician and based on my knowledge, after graduation, I should move into an engineering position there, either as a Controls or Automation Engineer.”

This semester, the robotics program is eagerly awaiting the first three female graduates with a master’s degree in robotics. For more information about the robotics program at California State University, visit www.columbusstate.edu/letters-and-sciences/robotics/.

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