Beaver faculty will speak at middle school about women in science

Angela Fishman, instructor in mathematics at Penn State Beaver, will give a presentation titled “Life of a Scientist Today” as part of the Marshall Middle School’s Women in Science program, Thursday, Oct. 24, in Wexford, Pa. She’ll speak about her experiences as a reliability engineer to three classes of seventh grade students and will also discuss her current and former positions that have dealt with issues related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Fishman will also share what led her to choose her career, the educational background needed, the advantages of a STEM career and salary figures for reliability engineers.

She is part of a local STEM-focused group that continues to encourage middle and high school students to focus on sciences and mathematics. Earlier this year, she met as part of a STEM K-16 focus group at Beaver campus that works in partnership with the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit to promote STEM careers.

Fishman and group members continue to address identification of skill gaps for students entering college in STEM majors, high school-to-college transition issues and academic success, methods to fuel early student interest in STEM fields, key courses for STEM-related curricula and training needs for K-16 faculty.

Fishman holds a doctorate in engineering (operations research and applied statistics) as well as a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Wichita State University. She can be contacted at or 724-773-3825.

Last Updated October 23, 2013