Seeking a STEM Visionary: TAME is Hiring an Executive Director


It's an exciting time for STEM and for TAME. The TAME Board announced in early July that the tenure of our Executive Director Savita Raj had come to a close after nine years of inspiring Texas students. You can read her farewell letter and challenge to the TAME family for the future here. Because of this transition, we are seeking a creative visionary and a strategic leader to guide and inspire the organization’s next stage of growth. 

TAME's Board has worked with our Interim Executive Director Sally Blue to develop a job description for the role of Executive Director. Do you know the perfect person to lead the TAME Family into the future? Please help us get the word out!


The full description is below. Download the PDF here:  Official Job Description

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Introducing Astra Zeno, TAME Board Teacher Representative


"As a former TAME student who went on to receive two engineering degrees, I am PASSIONATE about the TAME mission. One of my primary reasons for entering the education field was to create partnerships that would make STEM careers more accessible to those who remain underrepresented in STEM."

TAME is pleased to celebrate World Teachers Day by introducing Astra Zeno, the newest Teacher Representative on the TAME Board. Astra is a TAME alumna and engineer who now teaches at Young Women's College Preparatory Academy in Houston. Her students at the YWCPA sent the excellent math pun thank-you card pictured here to TAME donors who supported the school last year, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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TAME Alumna on Robotics, Biotech, and Asking Questions


TAME Ambassador Taylor Johnson spent her summer doing research in the ReNeu Robotics Lab at The University of Texas at Austin! She's pictured here running tests on the Harmony Exoskeleton which helps stroke patients with rehabilitation.

Taylor first got involved with TAME in the 7th grade, and is now majoring in Biomedical Engineering. (Want to get involved, too? TAME Club registration is free and open now at -- students have until 11:59pm on November 7th to register for our STEM Competitions.)

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Volunteer at the 2017 State STEM Competition

How many engineers does it take to launch a career in aeronautics?   Sometimes it just takes one. Volunteer at the 2017 State STEM Competition and help Texas students take off!

How many engineers does it take to launch a career in aeronautics?

Sometimes it just takes one.

Volunteer at the 2017 State STEM Competition and help Texas students take off!

The 2017 State STEM Competition is right around the corner, and we're calling all San Antonio-area engineers and other STEM professionals to join in. Competition volunteers play a critical role in the competition experience. Not only do they help the event run smoothly, they show kids what engineers (and geologists and pre-med students and biologists and mathematicians) look like in real life.
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You boost activity in our right anterior superior temporal cortex.    You really do. And that's not all. Neurologically speaking, we're only just starting to understand how gratitude affects the brain, but studies show strong correlations between feelings of gratitude and benefits to both interpersonal relationships and mental health. Expressing gratitude helps us each to strengthen social bonds and to build community.

You boost activity in our right anterior superior temporal cortex.

You really do. And that's not all. Neurologically speaking, we're only just starting to understand how gratitude affects the brain, but studies show strong correlations between feelings of gratitude and benefits to both interpersonal relationships and mental health. Expressing gratitude helps us each to strengthen social bonds and to build community.
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40 Years and a Formula for STEM Equity

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Today, September 27, 2016, marks the 40-year anniversary of TAME’s work to strengthen female and minority participation in STEM careers. As we celebrate with all of you, we want to present you with some numbers: numbers that show how far we’ve come, and numbers that show how far we still have to go.

In 1978, Austin magazine provided a snapshot of the times with the article TAME Boosts Minority Students Into the Engineering FieldAlthough Hispanic, African-American, and Native Americans comprised 17% of the United State's total population, they represented less than 3% of the STEM workforce. Of all the civil engineers in the United States, 1.3% were female.

"Paradoxically, our country needs more engineers, but is not taking advantage of the engineering potential of its minority citizens... Texas industry and education have united to launch a unique state-wide attack on the problem. The unusual partnership is called Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME)." The full article was reprinted in that year's Annual Report.

Forty years on, how are we doing? About 6% of today's STEM workforce is Hispanic, 6% is African-American, and 25% is female. The percentage of female civil engineers has risen to 12.7%.

Have we made progress? Absolutely. Is it enough? Not even close. Workforce diversity benefits everyone: according to recent research, mixed gender teams achieve 40% more patents than all-male teams, while gender diversity at the management level results in a $42 million increase in the value of S&P 500 firms.
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Inspire Students at April 30th STEM Competition

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TAME students need your help! On Saturday, April 30th, 2016, 300 high-achieving students from across Texas will participate in TAME’s 31st annual State STEM Competition. The event will take place at Texas A&M University-San Antonio .   Come join the fun and connect with the next generation of scientists and engineers as they show off their skills in math and science, and solve real-world engineering problems with teamwork and determination. See more about TAME's annual STEM Competitions .   You can help spark a love for STEM and inspire students to see themselves in a career that could change the world. Sign up today!   Primary sign-up for most volunteers: Volunteer Sign Up Boeing employees, please sign up through TechSoup here: Boeing Volunteer Sign Up If your employer uses Benevity, please sign up here: Benevity Sign Up

Harnessing Brain Power in Odessa

TAME Teacher and Alumnus Jeff Vann helps an Odessa student at UTPB Academy learn to use power tools
TAME Teacher and Alumnus Jeff Vann helps a student at UTPB Academy learn to use power tools in a class engineering project. 

"I remember being in school and feeling like there was a stigma on the smart kids. Even now, kids feel like it’s not okay to be the smart kid in the class, or that there’s not a reason to excel. TAME programs show kids that it’s okay to be smart, and that you get to do cool stuff when you’re a smart kid."

Jeff Vann is a TAME Alumnus and Teacher who brings science and engineering to students at the UTPB STEM Academy in TAME's West Texas Chapter.  His TAME Club students are known as the Noisy Nerdles.

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Former TAME Student Becomes International Champion of STEM Education

TAME Alumna Katrieva Jones-Monroe at her 2010 Educators With A Purpose STEM Day Camp, Credit to Tim Fischer of Midland Reporter Telegram
Katrieva Jones Monroe, standing center, goes over the lesson on designing a computer flight simulator at her 2010 Educators with a Purpose day camp. Photo by Tim Fischer/Midland Reporter-Telegram.

TAME Alumna:

"TAME really built me. They gave me a solid foundation. For the first time in my life, I saw where I could fit in. I didn’t have to be an athlete participating in athletic competitions. I could be an academic competitor."

Katrieva Jones-Munroe is the Department Chair of Computer Science at Odessa College, a Fulbright Scholar, and a member of the United Nations Youth - Science & Technology Delegation in Libya. She is also a former TAME Club member.

How did you get involved with TAME?

When I was growing up, I didn’t know where I fit in. It seemed as though everyone in my community in Midland was an athlete. I thought that’s what I had to be. I tried out for cheerleading, baseball and basketball and never made the team because I was horrible.

When I was a sophomore in high school, a group of minority engineers came to our school and told us about TAME. At the time, the phrase "minorities in engineering" meant nothing to us. This was the early 90’s, before cell phones, and technology to us was a foreign concept. The TAME engineers invited us to an open house where they explained the purpose of TAME, which was to expose us to the various areas of engineering, create outreach opportunities that would showcase the advantages of achieving a college degree, and offer academic competitions that would allow us to earn scholarships.
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30 Years of Teaching Winners

30 Years of Teaching Winners
For three decades, the TAME Math and Science Competitions (now known as STEM Competitions) have brought together talented students from across Texas to compare and share their skills in math, science, and engineering. From our early days in Houston to our 2015 event in Fort Worth, the Competition has grown by leaps and bounds, helping to launch thousands of Texas students into successful STEM careers.

TAME graduates are everywhere: helping to run the International Space Station, heading academic departments, studying medicine, and returning to Competitions to inspire a new generation. In this 30th anniversary year, we celebrate generations of winners – including our wonderful volunteers and sponsors – and ask how the Competitions helped shaped them.
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Space Station Safe in Hands of Former TAME Student

Space Station Safe in Hands of Former TAME Student
"TAME lets kids know that there are possibilities outside of their town. There are so many opportunities. I'd hate to think any kids were missing out. " Guadalupe Gonzales is the Boeing Safety & Reliability Manager for the International Space Station and a former member of a TAME Club . What do you do in your job? There's a lot of hardware involved in the Space Station, and a lot of procedures. Our group is in charge of safety and reliability. We look at how hardware is going to fail and what effects that failure will have on other systems. For instance, if something breaks off, we want to make sure there are no sharp edges that could cut a space suit. If something goes wrong in orbit, we're part of a team to figure out how to fix it. How did you first get involved with TAME? I grew up...
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Teacher's View: Why Does Dixie Ross Love TAME?

Teacher's View: Why Does Dixie Ross Love TAME?
"My former student brought along a note that I had written twenty years earlier listing everyone who had signed up for our field trip...until [then], I had no idea of the impact this TAME field trip had on those kids.Now, they're all thriving professionals who feel a responsibility to pay forward the opportunity that they were given." Dixie Ross is a high school teacher, a  TAME Club sponsor at Pflugerville High School, and a 2011 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching . For over 30 years, she has taught mathematics, including Advanced Placement Calculus, to students who come primarily from low-income, rural, and minority backgrounds. What kind of impact do TAME programs have on your students? Recently, at a breakfast for TAME leadership, I was proud to sit with one of my former members who is now a TAME corporate sponsor. He became a father and a husband...
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Alumna's View: From Windmill Design to Medical School

"TAME helped us see that engineering and science are good fields to go into, they showed us that it's attainable, and they showed us a way to get there." Rachel is a former TAME club member and TAME scholar. Now a biochemistry student at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, she will soon be going on to medical school. How did you hear about TAME? I got involved with time as an 8th grader in Odessa, Texas, when I was invited to participate in the Math and Science competition (now known as STEM competitions) in Houston. The competition was a blast. It was well-organized and fun. I took tests in biology and physics, and then there was a group project where we had to simulate the most efficient windmill. It turned out to be an inertia formula. We didn't win that time, but it was still really cool to...
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