Celebrating Diversity in STEM: Shanice Jones
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.
Meet Shanice Jones, a Senior Project Engineer at GE Healthcare. Shanice manages projects of varying scope and complexity across all consumable product lines including design changes, cost improving initiatives, and much more. A part of the GE team for nearly four years, Shanice is an expert problem-solver on her team, identifying, communicating, and driving resolution of product issues.
Q: What motivated you to enter the STEM workforce?
A: I originally wanted to be a doctor since I was child. My mission has always been to work with people, solve their problems, and directly impact their lives. I found that engineering allowed me to do this as well in college.
Q: What has been your proudest career achievement?
A: I provided leadership for a complex cross functional team to overcome both technical and supply challenges in responding to ReadyMate* material discontinuation and functional issues.
Q: Why is it important for today’s students to actively engage in STEM learning?
A: A career in STEM offers so much opportunity. Not only is it a stable career path but you have the ability to directly impact lives. The world is more technology-focused and you want to be on the forefront of the changes being made in the world.
Q: If you could give your high-school self career or life advice, what would it have been?
A: That you are worthy. I have always had self-doubt if I was good enough to be an engineer but I have learned throughout my career that I have the ability to excel in my career.
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, Shanice, for including your voice in this important conversation.