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STEM professionals-turned-candidates are poised to make a difference

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.

To learn more, read “Science, Technology, Math, Engineering And Now Congress” from NPR.