UH Engineering STEMinist Podcast

Nicole Guinn explores the powerful stories and groundbreaking research by Women in STEM at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering. Nicole is pursuing her PhD in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering where she specializes in Geosensing and Geology as a researcher with the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping. When not interviewing faculty or students about their STEM journeys, Nicole draws from her personal experiences to tell stories that rock!

Season 2

  • I am enough, you are enough

    Shania Perez wraps up her story by giving more details about working for CenterPoint Energy, her personal experience with imposter syndrome, and even drops a new concept: 'pluralistic ignorance'.

  • Leaving the comfort zone

    First-generation students often experience many challenges where the rest of us had prior knowledge or the opportunity to ask for help. Shania Perez tells her interesting story from graduating high school, to attending two different colleges at the same time, to securing her job post-graduate job at CenterPoint Energy. She drops many golden nuggets of advice!

  • Who Runs The World?

    Biomedical engineering, running marathons, and directing several prominent organizations? Aria Shankar truly does it all during her time as a student at the University of Houston. Aria introduces us to a behind-the-scenes viewpoint of writing for Parameters, orientation leading, and acting as the Director of Operations for Frontier Fiesta.

  • What's the buzz about bees?

    A continuously declining bee population has the potential to affect humanity, biology and the global food chain in surprising ways.

  • Go with the (lava) flow

    What's it like to monitor erupting volcanos all over the world, fight back against science misinformation on social media AND overcome some unfair pressures of being a young faculty member? Hear all that and more in an interview with Kadie Bennis, volcanologist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History Global Volcanism Program.

  • Speaking up and overcoming self-doubt

    Our early career advice series with UH electrical engineering alumna Nancy Ladin wraps up with this third episode full of perspectives on life as a working mom, the importance of effectively communicating the need for accommodations, moving past imposter syndrome, and how regional differences can affect work culture in surprising ways.

  • Chernobyl: 35 years later

    A routine electrical engineering safety test gone wrong contributed to the worst nuclear disaster in history, resulting in contamination and radioactive fallout that could leave the region uninhabitable for 20,000 years.

  • Fighter jets to space stations

    Nancy Ladin talks about navigating post-graduate life as a young professional gaining valuable experience at an aerospace company. After becoming a working mom, Nancy reflects on how family obligations led to a greater appreciation for work-life balance, the value of positive company culture, and how she landed a new opportunity at a Houston-area commercial space company.

  • Finding her way

    In the Season 2 premiere of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering Steminist Podcast, we dive into the first of a series of conversations with Cullen College electrical engineering alumna Nancy Ladin. Hear about how Nancy's experience with a STEM summer camp led her to apply to the Cullen College as well as her advice on navigating the web of networking and landing an internship at an industry-leading aerospace and defense company.

Season 1

  • Climate Change Changes Lives

    An unprecedented heatwave in the Pacific Northwest. An early start to wildfire season. A fatal building collapse in Miami that some structural engineers suspect may have been caused by rising sea levels. These are just some recent examples of how our changing climate is changing lives. Listen and learn more about the fundamental causes and effects of climate change.

  • Return to Venus

    The how, why, and when of Venus planetary exploration answered!

  • Hurricanes

    Refresh your tropical weather knowledge in the calm before Houston's next storm.

  • Perseverance

    NASA's Mars rover touches down on Feb. 18

  • LiDAR In Your Pocket

    Have you ever wanted to shoot lasers out of your phone?

  • Engineering a Disaster

    How can a structure that was engineered to technical perfection still have deadly consequences?