Celebrating Diversity in STEM: Karras Snowden
This February, the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Office of External Affairs will be celebrating Black History Month by spotlighting incredible members of Boston’s STEM workforce. A huge thank you to these talented individuals who volunteered to share their stories as we honor STEM diversity and encourage students interested in a STEM career path.
Karras Snowden’s journey as an engineer has given her more than a flourishing career; it has allowed her to become a leader among her peers. Currently an associate in Baker Hughes’ Operations Management Leadership Program, Karras manages a team of employees who build transducers (ultrasonic technology used to measure flow of liquid or gas), and is always looking for ways to make the product quicker, more efficient, and less costly.
Q: What motivated you to enter the STEM workforce?
A: I wanted to be challenged and engaged everyday at work. STEM provided me with an opportunity to work in almost any field I wanted with a technical background.
Q: What has been your proudest career achievement?
A: Understanding how to influence my team as a people-leader has been the proudest accomplishment in my career so far. I am learning to work outside of just my day-to-day projects and tasks, doing more to encourage my team, motivating everyone and reminding them we are all working toward the same goal.
Q: Why is it important for today’s students to actively engage in STEM learning?
A: I want them to know they are the future – they have new, fresh ideas and perspectives that can be applied to STEM that haven’t been before. Innovation is critical.
Q: If you could give your high-school self career or life advice, what would it have been?
A: I would tell myself four things: Engage in your local National Society for Black Engineers chapter as soon as possible, start learning how to code, prioritize scholarships and look into them early, and find what you enjoy in STEM.
Boston Public Schools believes that an immersive STEM program is more than just teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills. STEM education is an all-encompassing experience that encourages students to solve problems and seek inquiries that are relevant to our current society using STEM competencies to address challenges. Thank you, Karras, for including your voice in this important conversation.