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InterDigital Engineers mentor on a future in STEM

April 7, 2016 / STEM, 5G / Posted By: Kelly Capizzi

Think back to a Friday afternoon in high school… you probably couldn’t wait to get out of the building and go out with your friends or catch up on your favorite television show.  

But, last Friday, roughly 50 high school students from George Washington Carver High School for Engineering and Science located in Philadelphia, PA elected to stay at school to learn about preparing for a future in a STEM-related field.

InterDigital’s John Kaewell, Engineering Fellow, organized a group of engineers that included Mike Jeronis, Vice President, Research & Development; Catalina Mladin, Member of Technical Staff; and Bob Flynn, Senior Staff Engineer, to participate in a STEM mentoring session led by Dr. Ted Domers, Principal of George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science.  

The mentoring session consisted of InterDigital staffers rotating through four round table discussions with the highly motivated students. Students posed questions such as how did the engineers choose their university, what is 5G, what programing languages and tools are used in their work, what a typical work day contained, and what’s the most valuable advice the engineers ever received.  It was an extremely successful session for both the students and the engineers! So much so that the group plans to tour the students around the InterDigital offices and attend another mentoring session in the fall. Kudos to John for leading this great opportunity!  

The mentoring event is just another example of how committed InterDigital is to investing in the ideas and people of the future. We’ve supported several local STEM-related efforts, including sponsorships of the Delaware Children's Museum Junior Engineers Program and a wireless communications laboratory at Delaware State University. Click here to see more on InterDigital and STEM education.