We were so excited to host NVC MESA/STEM alumna Destany Barnett for our STEM Speaker Series in September 2019. Destany is a fifth-year transfer student at UC San Diego with a major in Global Health and minor in Biology. She is a pre-medical student with an interest in women's health, maternal mortality, and health inequities among under-represented groups.
Destany spoke about her academic journey and her field research experience with the UCSD School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic and Honduras. She also conducted research with the Family Medicine Residency Program at Kaiser Permanente in Honduras. During her time at NVC, Destany was a Kaiser Medical Scholars Program and UC Davis Prep Medico participant.
Please browse her presentation via the link on the right.
In November 2019, we hosted Francisco Martin, a California licensed professional Civil Engineer who is an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He is an Associate with Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants and managing the 2020 Alameda County Transportation Plan and the Union City BART Station Area Specific Plan, in addition to working on transportation impact studies for various private developments throughout the East Bay Area.
He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. During his time at UC Berkeley, he was a MESA Engineering Program (MEP) student. Francisco shared his relatable story of growing up in Salinas and his early interest and enrollment in the MESA program while in middle school in Castroville, CA.
The audience gained a clear sense of the path to transportation engineering and what the career involves. He also spoke of the need for diversity in the industry for both people of color and women.