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Symposium seeks to push more women in STEM

June 07, 2019 / Katelyn Umholtz

In STEM jobs, a woman working in the industry can be a rare sighting. Chemical engineer Stephanie Espy wants to change that. Espy was a keynote speaker at the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Women in STEM Symposium and Professional Development Day earlier this week. Having earned a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s from University of California Berkeley, she got internships and jobs right out of school in her field. She loved her job, Espy said. However, there were issues. I loved the difference I was making, Espy said. What I didn’t like was that I was the only female in the entire operation. The next job and lab were all the same - she loved what she was doing, but when she looked around, she was the only one there who looked like her.