STEMinist Profile: Kim Geddes, Engineer, Physics Teacher

Kim Geddes

Engineer, Southern Engineering Services

Physics teacher, Cherokee County Schools in Georgia

What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
I loved my high school physics class and knew that I wanted to study this subject more. Also, while I was in high school, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident occurred, and I began to read a lot about the science behind the accident. This accident actually inspired to pursue a career in nuclear engineering because I believed that nuclear was a great alternative to fossil fuels, and we needed dedicated people to make it a safe alternative for power generation.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
My first place of employment was at the Savannah River Site, a government nuclear production and research facility. I had the opportunity to work with a team to develop a six-legged robot that moved like an insect. The robot was designed to go into areas unsafe for humans and the insect-like legs made the robot very agile, able to transverse uneven terrain, and capable of lifting objects many times its body weight.

Role models/heroes:
Marie Curie, Sally Ride.

Why do you love working in STEM?
Technology is constantly evolving, and there’s something new to learn every day.

Advice for future STEMinists?
I would give them the same advice Christopher Robin gave to Pooh, “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Favorite website/app:

Twitter: @kimgeddes

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