The STEAM Department is hosting STEAM Cafés once a month – a time for students to meet with female leaders in STEM fields and learn about their research or work. STEAM Cafés are a wonderful opportunity to open our students' minds to new careers and introduce students to STEM role models. Also, STEAM Cafés are a great way to invite community members into our building without impacting class schedules or curriculum.
This week's STEAM Cafe welcomes GeekGirlCon's Board Secretary and biotechnologist I-Wei Feng. Ms. Feng was born and raised in the sub-tropical country known as Taiwan; her family relocated to New Jersey so she could have better opportunities to enjoy glorious American entertainment such as Dirty Dancing and Star Trek: The Next Generation. After high school, she departed for the sunnier climes of California to attend University of California, San Diego, it was during this time when I-Wei first let her Trekkie flag proudly fly as a channel op on the #startrek EFnet IRC channel. But alas, after 16 years in San Diego, Seattle’s vibrant geek culture was ultimately the perfect fit for I-Wei. Professionally, I-Wei is a biologist in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry developing therapeutics for cancer and infectious disease. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, making music, and watching Agent Carter/Naked and Afraid/Game of Thrones/Walking Dead/ST:TNG reruns.