Karen Davis, RTI International’s chief information officer of social, statistical and environmental science, was recently featured in a new book dedicated to profiling women working in various STEM fields.
Compiled and written by Diane Propsner, “Her STEM Career: Adventures of 51 Remarkable Women” features women from across the world who built careers and found success in STEM fields. Their careers cover a wide array of areas and titles including cybersecurity engineering, physician-scientist, applied physicist, oceanographer, math instructor, financial analyst, scientific journal editor and medical illustrator.
“Her STEM Career” was conceived as an educational tool designed to guide and inspire women interested in entering a STEM career. The book explains what STEM means and includes profiles of dozens of women who have pursued or are pursuing a STEM career.
Davis said she hopes “Her STEM Career” can help girls find role models to learn about and emulate.
“There is significant literature about women fleeing STEM fields,” Davis said. “This book provides evidence of those who have been able to persist.”
The author included Davis after interviewing her for a Huffington Post blog post about women’s colleges.
In her profile, Davis details how, thanks to a professor at Cedar Crest College, she became interested in math and eventually pursued a STEM career.
Over her more than 40-year career, Davis held several roles in engineering, computing and management. For the last 18 years, this work has been at RTI. Here, she and her teams aim to be the preferred provider of information, data and technology solutions to internal and external clients. Additionally, she and her teams also work to ensure RTI’s business needs and strategies, and our clients’ projects and technology needs, are met.
Davis also addresses how soft skills, like collaboration, negotiation, communication and project management, are important to master in addition to technical skills when considering a STEM career. Additionally, she provides advice derived from her own career experience to those looking to get into a STEM field.
“Her STEM Career” is available on Amazon.