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STEMinist Profile: Ty Darensburg, Educational Analyst

Ty Darensburg, MS

Educational Analyst

Recovery School District, New Orleans



What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
I found my way to a STEM major accidentally. I started off in college as a Political Science/Pre-Law major, but was talking Calculus III as an elective because I registered late. My Calculus III instructor convinced me to consider changing my major to Mathematics. I did, and the rest is history. went on to get my Master’s degree in Biostatistics, worked in the education field for over 10 years, and finally found a way to combine my passion for education with my background in analysis.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
I did an internship with the CDC when I first graduated from college. They allowed me to pick my own project and I did a study on PTSD and depression among Buffalo, NY police officers. It was my first time analyzing such a large data set, and my first publication as first author. I looked at differences based on gender, experience, age, etc. It was really exciting, and a glimpse into what I could do with data.

Role models/heroes:
My mom is my role model. She started out working at McDonalds, and through hard work and dedication, she earned her Bachelor’s degree after having 3 children, and now she travels the world and manages clinical trials. She showed me what it’s like to have a vision for your life, and achieve it no matter how the odds are stacked up against you. She made me feel like I could do or be anything when I was growing up.

Why do you love working in STEM?
I love working in STEM because it’s challenging, exciting, and there’s no limit to what you can do.

Advice for future STEMinists?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” -Marianne Williamson

My advice to you is to work hard in your Math & Science classes; look at them with new eyes and take opportunities for enrichment in STEM fields. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you can’t do something or you’re in any way inferior. One of my really good friends always told me, “Don’t tell yourself no, let someone else tell you no.” For example, don’t say I’m not going to apply for this program, because I’m not going to get in. Apply, and let them decide. They might say yes or no. It’s your job to keep pushing until you get a yes, and I’m telling you that you will get a yes.

Favorite website/app: Too many to name.

Twitter: @TyeSquared

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STEMinist Profile: Tia Stackle, Regional Data Engineer

Tia Stackle

Regional Data Engineer
Suddenlink Communications



What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
I was always good in math and sciences. I liked that there was a “right” answer out there and that the classes weren’t graded by the whim of the teacher’s preference. When I was a stay-at-home homeschooling mother for seven years, I used the computer a lot to get curriculum and other ideas. I taught myself how to use HTML to make my own webpages. But when it came time to pick a career, I wanted something less “artsy” than web design. I realized that network engineering is all about communication – and I like communicating and helping others to gain knowledge and socialize and enjoy all that technology has to give us today. Without networks, none of that is possible.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
My version of cool may not seem all that great to others…But I was working for a cable company that was launching telephony services back in the mid-2000s. Marketing hadn’t timed their launch date with Engineering very well so we ended up with a due date that was two weeks after the equipment showed up in our warehouse. I led the team in installing, configuring and testing six UBR100112 routers (hip height routers that tie the Ethernet network to the hybrid fiber coax plant) in six different cities before our due date. It was fun, challenging and rewarding. What is cooler than that?

Role models/heroes:
Padmasree Warrior – CTO of Cisco, Nomi Bergman – President of Brighthouse, Charlotte Field – Senior VP of Infrastructure and Operations at Comcast.

Why do you love working in STEM?
It is exciting to be on the cutting edge of technology – doing things that no one thought possible 10 years ago. I love leading a team to make The Network bigger, faster, stronger, better and to know that without us (network engineers in general), broadband and the Internet wouldn’t be the essential tool it has become.

Advice for future STEMinists?
Work hard. Learn a lot. Love what you do. STEM changes the world every day and we want to be part of that change so hang in there.

Favorite website or app:
Honestly…Netflix. Probably shouldn’t publish that though since I work for a cable company. 🙂 Sudoku puzzles would be what I spend the most “free time” using. I have been told they’ll help to keep me from losing my mind…and with a house full of daughters, a new husband, and a crazy career that has me work at all hours of the day and night, I need every bit of help I can get!

Twitter: @tiastackle