Editor's Note: This blog originally appeared on the White House Blog, and is authored by Chris Lu, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary. He is also the Co-Chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Dr. Karina Edmonds, Technology Transfer Coordinator at the Energy Department, shares her story of how she pursued her interest in mechanical engineering to become the first full-time staffer ever appointed to her current position.
Four projects that will strengthen and promote U.S. energy security, scientific discovery and economic competitiveness while producing a diverse next generation of scientists and engineers have been selected as part of the Energy Department’s long-running minority educational research program.
In March, we released our plan as reinforcement to employees of their value and provided strategies to ensure equitable opportunities for all employees to fulfill their goals while carrying out DOE’s mission.
We recently held a Tweet Up about women in in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). During the event, experts in STEM wrote more than 1,500 tweets as part of a conversation about the challenges they've faced, who and what inspires them, and what we can be doing to close the gap for women in STEM fields. Below, the Energy Department's Dr. Karina Edmonds answers questions that came in after the event.
The Energy Department today announced up to $9 million available this year to fund approximately 50 small businesses to advance innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. This initiative will help small businesses with promising ideas that could improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, reduce reliance on oil, and generate electricity from renewable sources to bring new clean energy solutions to market faster.