About Me / About this Blog

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About Me:

The 4-12 in my username is a reference to April 12, also known as Yuri's Night. April 12, 1961 is the date that Yuri Gagarin became the first person to reach space. Coincidentally, April 12, 1981 was the first launch of the U.S. Space Shuttle. April 12th, Yuri's Night, has become an international celebration of spaceflight.

Kim Curry spent 14 years as an engineer at a major multi-national corporation, and is currently seeking employment.  This is her semi-personal blog about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), with an emphasis on women and diversity in STEM careers.

Kim is also a Geek who likes Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, much of Joss Whedon's work, Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, A.C. Crispin, Tamora Pierce, and many other SF and Fantasy creative works, which may be mentioned or discussed in posts.

I am learning about intersectional feminism and am trying to work within that framework, but would not consider myself an expert.  In part, this blog will document that journey. Based on my experiences discussing social justice issues with (usually white) engineers, male and female, I target my posts to people who have technical smarts but may not be familiar with Womanist / Feminist / Transnational and Intercultural discourse.

I say semi-personal because this blog also explores my journey to becoming an engineer, some of the struggles I have faced.  The hope is that by sharing my story, I can help to inspire and encourage girls and young women to continue pursuing STEM education and careers.

I have a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.A. in Humanities focused on Space & Exploration Studies, and an M.S.E. in Engineering Management. My B.S. included minors in Russian, Spanish, and Religious Studies, along with a Cooperative Education Certificate.  My Humanities coursework included a side interest in cross-cultural studies, taught by Women's Studies professors.  My engineering management coursework included a Certificate in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

The combined education provides a breadth of knowledge and selective depth. It may be obvious that I have a lot of interests.  I also have a family, and am active in my professional and local communities.

About this Blog:

This blog began as a labor of love that was updated as I found time.  I tried to make at least 1-2 posts per month.  As I job-search, I am attempting to write five short posts per week, on normal work days.  Longer posts may appear at my own discretion.

Unless clearly stated otherwise, these posts are purely my own opinion, and do not represent the positions of any employer, my faith community, the professional organizations I support, nor any community organization.

As my audience grows, my purpose is to build a good-quality community. To support that end, I have a Comment Policy.

Comment Policy:

What few comments I receive are moderated.  No attacks on race, ethnicity, nationality, physical or mental ability, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or social class will be tolerated.

This policy will be updated as I see fit, probably along the lines of the Geek Feminism community.