In a recent article for NPR, author Ashley Westerman explores how the recent election is giving many STEM professionals a new career path.
Chrissy Houlahan has done a lot with her industrial engineering degree over the last 30 years including serving in the Air Force, working in the aircraft manufacturing industry, being the COO of a sports apparel company and even teaching high school chemistry.
Houlahan says her science, technology, engineering and mathematics – or STEM – background has allowed her to be fluid in her career by helping her tackle everyday problems through a unique lens.
“Somebody with a technical background might think in a little bit different than the way, for instance, that a lawyer would think,” Houlahan says. This was one of her biggest motivators for running for office in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District, she says.
“I think a person with a technical background could be really useful in Washington,” says Houlahan, noting that Congress is called to pass laws on issues the Founding Fathers would have never thought imaginable.