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Professor Encourages STEM In Local High School Students

Professor Mahdi Soltanolkotabi Inspires High School Students at Orthopaedic Medical Magnet High School Showcase
By Chloe Yuqing Jiang
June 13, 2016 —

To inspire the younger generation about the creativity and possibilities of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), it is important for students to be exposed to how STEM could make a difference in the world. Professor Soltanolkotabi, an Assistant Professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, spent time on May 26th visiting Orthopaedic Medical Magnet High School for a student project showcase. When students stick to STEM pathways for college and career, not only can they make an impact in society, they can also choose some of the fastest growing and best paid careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and beyond.

Being motivated by mentors at a young age, Professor Soltanolkotabi grew a profound interest in math. “I was inspired in middle school and high school to pursue math by an emerging young math mentor, and I was very fortunate to be introduced to the fun of math at a very young age and then later on to be inspired to pursue more advanced math,” said Professor Soltanolkotabi. "I very much enjoyed interacting with the young 9th graders and was happy to give them feedback on their presentations."

For more information on Professor Soltanolkotabi's research, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ0P68hulBM.