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#108: Overcoming Barriers as a Female in STEM

Today’s guest has a passion for scientific discovery. This episode’s guest Amber Yang won the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award for her impressive astrophysics project. Amber discusses her project, and personal stories related to pursuing science and the representation of women in STEM. From her experience on a robotics team to science classes, Amber has had to overcome challenges to find her success as a young scientist. She shares advice for girls interested in pursuing STEM fields.

Amber is a Physics student at Stanford University whose primary interest is astrophysics.  In 2017, Amber was named the winner of the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award, a top award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science competition. Her main project involved developing a computational model for predicting the positions of space debris. Visit her start-up business website which features her astrophysics products. You can also learn more about her by watching her TEDx talk, ‘The Space Debris Apocalypse’.

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Todd Yuzuriha and Evan Wilson

Evan is married with two young children and lives in Portland, OR. He's a Partner and the CFO of The Official Manufacturing Company, a strategy, branding and design agency. He's also on the board or a strategic advisor of a few young companies. Previously, he was a Partner at Pacific Crest, a top technology boutique investment bank, which was acquired by Key Bank in 2014. He led the firm’s coverage of the Internet, social media and games, was frequently named to Institutional Investor‘s All-American Research Team and was regularly featured on CNBC and in The New York Times & The Wall Street Journal. Evan graduated from Linfield College, where he played basketball, studied finance and computer science and was an Academic All-American.

Todd is passionate about personal finance and began investing at age 12. He retired as Vice President of Engi-neering for Logitech, where he led product development of the company's audio and video game products. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Engineering for Labtec, Senior Director at Sharp Microelectronics, and Engineering Manager at Tektronix. Todd has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stanford, a master's degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland. Todd is married and has 3 children. He serves on the boards of Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and plays trumpet.