Museum's STEM video series features UC engineering director

Interview with Cincinnati Museum Center highlights pathways to the STEM world

Paula Lampley, J.D., director of Women in Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, was recently interviewed for the Cincinnati Museum Center’s “STEM Girls Virtual” video series. 

Lampley's interview can be viewed on the center's YouTube channel along with the rest of the series, which features a variety of local STEM professionals to learn more about the work they do and offer advice they have for the STEM leaders of tomorrow. 

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Paula Lampley helps coordinate activities on campus and in the community to encourage STEM interest. Photo/UC Creative Services.

"If a child isn't expressing interest in science and math really early on, that doesn't mean they're not going to make a great engineer in the future,” says Lampley, who works in the Office of Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement in UC's College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Lampley did well in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, and shared the challenges she faced in her undergraduate engineering program, demystifying what it takes for aspiring students to become an engineer.

She also recommends resources to those who would like to become involved in STEM, no matter if they are a middle school student thinking about college or an adult professional looking for a career change. 

Increasing diversity in engineering will strengthen the STEM workforce in Ohio and improve innovation across the field of engineering worldwide, Lampley said.

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Above all, Lampley wants people of all ages and backgrounds to know that there are a variety of ways to engage with the STEM world.

“It’s never too early. It’s never too late. If you're interested in STEM, there's a path for you,” Lampley said.  

STEMGirls is a free program aimed at children ages 7-14 that helps students discover authentic and relevant STEM experiences. All are welcome. The video series is just one of many online programs the museum has offered this spring during its closure throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Featured image at top: UC's Engineering Research Center. Photo/UC Creative + Brand