STEMinist Profile: Flor Serna, Audio Engineer & Executive Director of Electric Girls

Flor Serna

Audio Engineer & Executive Director of Electric Girls

Electric Girls

What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
I first started recording music in my bedroom when I was 16. I attended Loyola University New Orleans for the Music Industry program and started training and working at their recording studio to become an audio engineer. Audio engineering combined my two favorite things, music and technology, but it wasn’t long before I realized that I was the only female in the studio after two whole years. I left Loyola as an audio engineer and started obsessively researching the gender gap in STEM. I eventually founded Electric Girls in 2015.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
Electric Girls is my current project. It is a non-profit organization I started at the beginning of this year to engage girls in STEM. We teach young girls electronics, audio, programming and design and then give them the resources to use these new skills to build their own creative projects. We emphasize peer mentorship with badges. Our mission is to create a community of young girls and women inspiring each other to be leaders and learners in STEM.

I had very few female role models to look up to while I was becoming an audio engineer, so Electric Girls gives me hope that young girls might have female role models (and eventually become the next generation of role models!) to encourage and inspire them in their journey with a STEM career.

Role models and heroes:
Limor Fried (engineer and founder of Adafruit) inspired me to found Electric Girls and teaches me so much about being a confident female in STEM.

Why do you loving working in STEM?
I love that absolutely anyone can achieve a career in STEM. There are no prerequisites or predetermining factors- just hard work and passion for the field. Because of this, I work with and meet wonderful new people everyday.

Advice for future STEMinists?
Be open minded! Explore the possibilities for your love of science, tech, engineering and math. There are an infinite number of things you can accomplish or careers you can choose from, so try not to bind yourself down too early.

Don’t give up! No matter what, being a STEMinist takes lots of hard work. You will most definitely feel discouraged at some point, but have courage and push through difficult times, because in the end it will be worth it.

Favorite website or app:
Instructables! At Electric Girls, our girls design their own projects and then upload instructions for how to build them on the Instructables website. We also get inspiration for cool electronics ideas from this site. It’s a great community of makers and inventors.

Twitter: @electricgirlsed


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