Engineer and Writer, Author of Annie Aardvark, Mathematician
Hello, I'm Suzie Olsen! I am a Staff Systems Engineer in Phoenix, AZ. I work on a project called Rescue21. Rescue21 is the US Coast Guard's search & rescue system and helps saves lives in the 21st Century.
I have a M.S. in Global Technology and Development and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, both from Arizona State University. I also have an adorable toddler and supportive husband and excited to share my books with them. I'm also excited to share my books with others.
I am passionate about Science, Technology, Engineer, and Math (STEM) outreach. I am an active member and volunteer in various professional engineering organizations in the Phoenix area. I've helped organize, plan and work many K-12 STEM awareness events for these organizations for over a decade. I'm a member of the Society of Women Engineers, as well as the Society of Children Books Writers and Illustrators and 12x12 Challenge.
As a female engineer, promoting diversity in STEM professions is very important to me. According to the US Census Bureau's 2009 American Community Survey (ACS), women comprise just 24 percent of STEM workers (in the US). The percentage of minorities in STEM is even lower.
That is why I've written picture books depicting the lead characters as a female STEM professionals- to encourage all children, specifically girls and minorities, to consider careers in STEM.
I hope you enjoy the books. Happy reading!
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