The Impact of STEM Role Models and Mentors

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NGCP celebrated National Mentoring Month in January by highlighting the importance of mentors in empowering girls and young women to actively pursue STEM education and careers. Learn from a panel of speakers including dynamic professionals in STEM who currently serve as mentors and the female students they are mentoring.

The Impact of STEM Role Models and Mentors webinar was hosted by NGCP on January 26, 2022. In this webinar recording, speakers share their unique perspectives, their journeys, and advice on how mentoring can be a tool for supporting sustained career success in STEM.

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Adrienne W. Hill, MHA, CPO(L)

Mom, Wife, Clinician... Adrienne Hill MHA, CPO(L) is a great proponent for the future of Orthotics & Prosthetics. Adrienne earned her Master’s degree in Health Administration at the George Washington University School of Public Health; and her B.S. in Physics and Mathematics at Spelman College. Adrienne became certified in 2007 as a Prosthetist Orthotist after completing post- baccalaureate courses at Newington Certificate Program through the University of Connecticut. Adrienne is a veteran clinician most recently serving as the Area Clinic Manager at Hanger Clinic in Atlanta GA. She is now teaching and shaping the minds of the next generation of O&P Professionals as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University. During her 15 year career tenure, she has had the opportunity to experience different aspects of Prosthetics and Orthotics through clinical care, patient advocacy and mentorship.  

Adrienne has been promoting this field for the last 10 years through community and educational outreach, and Hanger’s diversity and inclusion affinity group, PAUSE (People Aligned United to Serve Everyone), and her social media initiative P.O.P.P.E.D. (Promoting Orthotics and Prosthetics Positively Every Day). 

Outside of work, Adrienne enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 sons. 

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Emma Stockwell

Emma Stockwell originates from southern Minnesota. She is currently in her last semester in Kennesaw State University‘s MSPO Program. Emma received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at the University of Northern Iowa. She currently serves as Vice President of KSU’s student organization Promoting Orthotics and Prosthetics. Emma is passionate about pediatrics and is pursuing a residency. Emma enjoys teaching swimming lessons in her free time, especially adaptive lessons.

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Stacey Brown

Stacey Brown is an Atlanta native who is currently a board-eligible CPO. She has recently completed her prosthetics and orthotics residency with Hanger Clinic in Elmira, NY. Stacey received her Master's in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Stacey is a member of the Collaborative on Inclusive Action and Engagement Committee (AAOP), NCOPE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and the Member Services committee (AOPA). Stacey’s goal is to promote diversity within the O&P profession through student outreach and aspires to generate change through advocacy. 

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Dr. Jessica Hua

Dr. Jessica Hua is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Dr. Hua is a researcher that studies the effects of human activities on aquatic systems and the science of science communication. Studies seek to understand whether pollutants can influence why some communities are more susceptible to disease than others. The lab is interested also in understanding how and when biodiversity can protect amphibian communities from disease. Lastly, the lab seeks to understand how art and community (citizen) science efforts influence public understanding and perception of science. 

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Isabela Tuthill

Isabela Tuthill is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Isabela studies how microbial evolutionary responses to anthropogenic contaminants such as antibiotics, affects disease dynamics. In future studies, Isabela plans to study how per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances  (PFAS) directly affect pathogen survival and infectivity. Lastly, Isabela is committed to connect with ESL (English as a Second Language) students through community science to help them explore Ecology and reinforce their science background.

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Maithili Kumar

Hi, my name is Maithili and I’m a freshman studying Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley! I’m a mentor for the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team, Team 5773 Ink and Metal. Throughout my four years on the team, I gained a great deal of technical and soft skills by working on designing the robot, working with the CAD team to realize the designs, and then helping build the robot. As a mentor, I stay updated on the team’s progress and make sure to help whenever needed by checking designs, offering guidance, or just being someone to talk to. In addition to robotics, I explored STEM through various summer opportunities, such as researching soft robotics. Now, having begun my college journey, I am looking forward to the classes I will take to learn the theory behind the engineering I plan to do. Additionally, while I am leaning toward a career in robotics, I am excited to explore other mechanical engineering concentrations such as the automotive industry, aerospace industry, and hardware industries. 

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Neha Shahi

Hello! I’m Neha, and I’m a sophomore at American High School in Fremont, CA. I’m the captain of Link (outreach + finance) branch of my school’s FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team Ink and Metal 5773.

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