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STEM Student Profile: Aubury Erickson

STEM education and how it prepares college students for the jobs of the future.

STEM Student Profile: Aubury Erickson

It’s been called the key to our nation’s economic future. The jobs have been labeled as “recession-proof.” And the demand for its experts continues to increase in today’s global economy.

We’re talking about STEM education and how it prepares college students for the jobs of the future. STEM – collectively know as science, technology, engineering and math – is responsible for much of the progress our nation has made in industries such as technology, sustainability and manufacturing. 

Among these students is Aubury Erickson, a sophomore at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Fla. Aubury is working toward her bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical and industrial engineering, with a nanotechnology degree concentration. Originally hoping to join the Air Force, Aubury was inspired to pursue science after watching Star Trek. One of her favorite classes at Florida Poly is unique nanoscale phenomena, which allows her to synthesize nanoparticles to demonstrate classroom concepts. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Aubury also serves as a presidential ambassador at Florida Poly. This position is held by a select group of students chosen to represent the university alongside President Dr. Randy K. Avent.

Aubury plans to continue her education and earn her doctorate to further dedicate herself to global causes. Here’s her advice for prospective STEM students: “Make sure you’re comfortable with the environment of the university. If you like being treated like a person and not a student ID number, then choose a school that offers smaller class sizes.” She adds, “Make sure that you can have a hands-on experience in your field, because this truly helps to build the skills needed for your future.”

 Brought to you by Florida Polytechnic University.


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