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STEM UP

MSC05 3130
1716 Las Lomas Road NE/1155 University Blvd. S.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
The White House/South Campus

Phone: (505) 277-1723
Fax: (505) 277-1782

Freshman Stem Project


**The STEM UP grant program closed out on June 30, 2017.**


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Professional mentoring from a STEM professional will help develop students’ careers, motivate student achievement by connecting coursework to future occupations and offer students a varied perspective on issues encountered during freshman year. Another aspect of mentoring allows students to share experiences amongst themselves through peer mentoring.

Three mentoring events per semester will help develop relationships in face-to-face interactions within mentoring groups and amongst STEM mentors. STEM professional mentors will connect you to internships and career opportunities.Online interaction with your mentor. Real world STEM experiences and field trips.

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Our Professional Mentors

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Ken Armijo, Ph.D

Sandia National Laboratories

Brief description of my job:
I conduct Solar and Renewable Energy Research, along with research in physics and engineering.

Why I chose to be a mentor:
To give back to the community and support the progression of student Pipeline.


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Rob Kittinger, Ph.D

Sandia National Laboratories

Brief description of my job:
I optimize the human element in systems. This involves analyzing an organization's work force understanding the occupations; what job tasks are performed; which knowledge, skills, and abilities are needed to do each task; and what equipment, tools and technology they use. I'm basically Mike Rowe from Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" but dedicated to exploring National Security jobs.

Why I chose to be a mentor:
I love encouraging college students; inspiring and equipping them to tackle the problems of the future.


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Jessica Kruichak

Sandia National Laboratories

Brief description of my job:
Research and development in the field of nuclear waste disposal and bioremediation. I am also a lab operations coordinator; I manage 2 light chemistry labs and a radioactive materials lab. I make sure the labs are in good shape for research projects as well as a safe environment for the lab users.

Why I chose to be a mentor:
I believe it is a great idea to get students involved in programs like these and show them what futures in STEM careers could provide them. I know I would have enjoyed a program like this when I was an undergrad. It will also be a positive learning experience for me to be a mentor to these students.


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Carlos Michelen

Sandia National Laboratories

Brief description of my job:
Wave energy modeling and code development.

Why I chose to be a mentor:
I think it is a great idea and very important. I myself benefited from a minority STEM freshmen program at my university and it was great.


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Jesus Ortega

Akima Infrastructure Services Under Contract with Sandia National Laboratories

Brief description of my job:

I design, analyze and test the new generation of solar power receivers at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility. I am in charge of designing and performing optical-thermal-fluid and structural analyses in this receivers to enhance their efficiency, reduce their price and ensure their durability.

Why I chose to be a mentor:

Being Hispanic myself, I think it is very important that we bring more students from minority groups (including women, since we have a very small group) to the STEM fields. I have always felt there is a need of mentoring young minds to show them the importance and the fun side of STEM fields. I feel a lot of students choose not to pursue a degree in a STEM field because it will take a lot of work and study and it would be boring, etc. And they tend to not see the fun side that we are currently working on.


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Elizabeth Quinley

Sandia National Laboratories

Brief description of my job:

We are responsible for maintaining Sandia National Laboratories' compliance with the federal Clean Air Act. This includes obtaining and maintaining permits for activities and equipment which have the potential to emit air pollutants. We conduct regulatory analysis, calculate potential emissions, and interact with local regulators, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Why I chose to be a mentor:

I like working with students. I was lucky to have a couple adults encourage me to pursue an engineering education. Having moved here a year ago, I'd like to be more involved in the community in Albuquerque.


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Kelley Ruehl

Sandia National Laboratories

Brief description of my job:

Ocean wave energy device and array scale modeling and code development

Why I chose to be a mentor:

I would love to motivate and encourage other females in STEM.


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Jan Williams

Sandia National Laboratories

Brief description of my job:

I have had many jobs at Sandia, from mechanical design to construction project management to site planning to management of other technical professionals. I lived and worked in England for two years and DC for one year. Lots of really diverse experiences, all with the same employer.

Why I chose to be a mentor:

I am heavily involved in Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at the national level, including advocacy efforts in Washington, DC for STEM support. I am actually a Fellow of the Society, which speaks to my life-long dedication to increasing women in STEM.


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Esmeralda Yitamben, Ph.D.

Sandia National Laboratories

Brief description of my job:

Physicist, expert in nanotechnology, working on atomic scale device fabrication

Why I chose to be a mentor:

To share my love and passion for science with others.


Peer Mentor Profiles