STEMinist Profile: Kari L. Jordan, Graduate Research Associate, Engineering Education

Kari Jordan

Kari L. Jordan

Graduate Research Associate

The Ohio State University Engineering Education Innovation Center

What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
I received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and am currently a Doctoral Candidate in Engineering Education. I was inspired by my father. He works for Ford Motor Company as President of the UAW. I grew up around cars, and my mother even allowed me to participate in the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP). Because of my parents’ encouragement I attended the Minorities in Engineering summer program at Michigan Tech University while I was in High School. I went on to receive two degrees from Michigan Tech and this December I’ll be done with my PhD from Ohio State!

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
The coolest project I worked on was developing a flow model to predict pressure drop in a diesel fuel system. I did this when I interned at Ford Motor Company. This project was cool because it allowed me to use the skills I learned in my Fluid Mechanics class. I also had a chance to work with my hands in the fuel lab.

Role models and heroes:
My role models are my parents, Dr. Njema Frazier, and the “Chicago Six”. My parents are my role models because they have supported me throughout my long tenure in school and I’ve watched them overcome obstacles I would not have been able to overcome. Dr. Njema Frazier is a nuclear physicist I’ve grown to know and love through our work with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). She is the most passionate woman I know and she’s a genius! The “Chicago Six” are the founders of NSBE and they’re my heroes because I would not have made it through the engineering program without NSBE. My ultimate hero is Jesus Christ. Enough said!

Why do you loving working in STEM?
I love working in STEM because a career in STEM will launch you into any career in the world: business, music, fashion, medicine, law, the list goes on. You can literally do anything you want with a STEM degree. Not many people have that privilege.

Advice for future STEMinists?
My advice for future STEMinist is to join some type of mentoring circle. You will not make it through any STEM program by yourself. You are not an island!

Favorite website or app:
My favorite website is I am a licensed Zumba instructor and I’m always on our website looking for new music and gear to wear in my classes! My favorite app right now is Instagram. I’m a bit addicted to posting random photos!

Twitter: @elle_kari


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