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    Tulsa District Corps of Engineers - a place to STEAM


    Photo By Stacey Reese | Emily Phillips, Tulsa District architect looks over project plans at for projects at...... read more read more



    Story by Stacey Reese 

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District

    Celebrated annually since 2015, National STEM/STEAM day falls on November 8 and is a day to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. If you add an A into the mix, you can also inspire a love of arts as well as showing how art, which may seem more abstract, fits in with these other subjects.

    Interested in any of the STEAM related subjects? Tulsa District Corps of Engineers has a mission related to that!

    If you love science, become a natural resource specialist, better known as a park ranger. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rangers have degrees in biological sciences, agriculture, national resource management and chemistry just to name a few science related fields.

    Gregg Moydell, a Fort Gibson park ranger, volunteers his time with his local high school where his daughter Landri is a student and a member of the robotics team. “I initially joined my high school’s robotics team because I wanted to have a better understanding of how machines work and the process that goes into the design of machines” said Landri.

    The practicality aspect of this is where my dad guided me the most. While we were working on the robotics project after school, he would tell me stories about how he and his colleagues at work used the same principals in their everyday work. It was through these conversations that I learned best about the most efficient way to complete the tasks I was being presented with. However, the biggest thing that I learned is that the smallest of details will dictate the outcome of your robot’s performance. It was this attention to detail that engineering demands that really drew me towards industrial engineering, which is what I will pursue a degree in next fall. Through my school’s First Robotics and my simple desire to learn practical skills, I found an entire subject that will both captivate and challenge me for the rest of my life she said.

    Tinker AFB project engineer, Baily Helterbrand has a degree in construction science and a background in construction management. Her dad owned a construction company, so she grew up on job sites and has always had a passion for the industry. Her mom worked for the Corps and Helterbrand says the Corps has always felt like a second family to her due to her mom’s amazing group of coworkers.

    Is technology your passion? Learn about geographic information systems or GIS. This system allows our employees to create, map and analyze all kinds of data which enhances our ability to track weather in an emergency, keep track or out grants for our real estate division, map boundaries for property we manage near our recreation areas and make decisions on easement requests on government property among other things.

    Have an interest in engineering? That’s right in our name! The possibilities in engineering related fields are endless within the USACE. Want to work a military construction project? Fascinated by dams and our lake projects? Want to save the planet by pursuing a degree in environmental engineering? We have you covered.

    You might not think of art when you think of the USACE, but you should. Architects are a vital part of our team. Their decisions impact public safety and they play a big part in our military construction mission. “Construction and Design is a team-oriented job” says architect Emily Phillips. “There are so many moving parts and people that you need to rely on to get a building finished.”

    Architecture allows Phillips to marry her love of art with her love of analytical thinking and problem solving.

    Your interest is numbers? We know, math isn’t for everyone, but it is so important to our mission. We have administrative assistants, accountants, and project managers whose lives revolve around numbers and ensure project funds are spent according to funding requirements. Of course, engineers deal with math and numbers on every project. With math, there are so many career possibilities.

    Project engineer, Audrey Seaman has been with the Corps for just over five years, beginning her career here as a summer intern. Seaman became interested in the engineering field from a young age since both her parents are engineers.

    “As a project engineer so I manage a number of multimillion dollar projects at Tinker AFB. I have to help keep everything on track for these projects, so they are completed on time, within budget, and they have to be the best quality product at the end for the customer” said Seaman. “I work with the contractors and customers when any issues arise to make sure the project moves along.”

    I like math and science the most throughout school and always had dreams of helping build up communities (civil engineering made the most sense). When I was a child, I always wanted to be like my mom, so I have tried to follow in her footsteps, said Seaman.

    “We need to change the stigma around women in STE(A)M fields,” says project engineer, Brandi Bruens encouraging young women to pursue careers considered outside of the norm.” EARLY education, exposure and acceptance/encouragement are key! Young women need to see role models exceling in the field that look like them to feel the palpability says Bruens.



    Date Taken: 11.08.2021
    Date Posted: 11.08.2021 17:42
    Story ID: 408939
    Location: TULSA, OK, US 

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