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STEM Superhero


Steph Evans is out to change the way people look at engineering – and at engineers.

By day, this STEM superhero works as an electrical test engineer at Space Systems Loral in Palo Alto, California. It’s a job she loves, she says, “because the group I work with is small, and as a result, I have been able to do tasks outside of my job description, which has been incredible.”

By night and on weekends, Evans, a 2012 aerospace engineering graduate, devotes hours researching, writing, filming and producing educational videos for her YouTube channel, The STEMulus.

Evans started the channel last February and in just over a year, has gained over 600 followers. In a typical week, she’ll spend 20 to 30 hours creating weekly commentary on the latest science and technology news – a feature she calls This Week in STEM, or TWISTEM – as well as occasional video blogs about her life and interests in space and space-related topics. “It keeps me up a lot of nights, but it’s also a lot of fun,” she says.

She’s also active on Facebook and Twitter, where you’ll find her sharing selfies and geeking out over sci-fi, Star Wars, space exploration, and popular celebrity scientists like Bill Nye (whom she recently met) and Neil deGrasse Tyson. She also uses her social media status on Twitter and Facebook to combat stereotypes in the STEM fields.

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Campus: Missouri S&T
Key words: Engineering, Innovation, Rolla Campus, Science, Teaching, Technology,
County: Phelps

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