With the support of the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Dr. Olivia Graeve, professor at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego is visiting Ciudad Juarez this week to meet with students, academics, entrepreneurs, NGO officials and local industry managers to discuss trends in nanotechnology and ways to attract younger people to STEM areas. Dr. Graeve is internationally recognized in the area of nanomaterials manufacturing. Her research expertise connects fundamental principles of materials processing with specific engineering needs, with special emphasis on electromagnetic multifunctional materials for sensors and energy applications.
On May 11, Dr. Graeve’s first session in Ciudad Juarez was at La Rodadora with middle school students where she provided them with an easy-to-understand introduction to nanotechnology, nanoscience, and nanomaterials. She later met with women leaders in Ciudad Juarez who are working on mentorship programs for women and STEM. A group of public school teachers also hosted her and discussed ways to promote science and technology education with youth.
On May 12, Dr. Graeve held sessions on nanotechnology trends with students and academics at the Juarez Autonomous University and at the Technological University of Ciudad Juarez. She visited the EducationUSA Advising Center and talked about higher education and career paths in science, technology, engineering and math fields, with a focus on opportunities at U.S. higher education institutions.
To conclude her trip to Ciudad Juarez, Dr. Graeve spoke to former participants of the ChicasSTEM program to encourage them to pursue careers in STEM fields.