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What does an engineer do each day? What is the biggest building you’ve ever designed? How does the work you do help save endangered species?

Students in grades 7-12, curious parents and interested educators will learn the answers to these and other questions during Your World Empowered, a science, technology, engineering and math career event hosted by Burns & McDonnell.

The free program is designed to introduce students to job opportunities in engineering, architecture, environmental science and construction management and help them see how professionals in these fields make a difference in our world every day.

The evening event will feature a presentation on STEM careers and a panel discussion with professionals who will share experiences about their own career paths. This is a great event to help students realize the role they can play in shaping, changing and improving the future.


Tuesday, Dec. 6
6-7:30 p.m. Central
In-person or virtual registration options


Autumn Gupta

Assistant Environmental Scientist

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Scott Nakayama

Assistant Mechanical Engineer

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Scott has held a lifelong interest for STEM subjects, particularly relating to mechanical systems. After high school, he worked as a Ford diesel mechanic and U.S. Marine Corps radio repairman for 10 years and then decided to go back to school and earned his mechanical engineering degree from Missouri S&T. In his spare time, Scott likes to travel and participate in autocross.

Will Powell

Assistant Civil Engineer

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Since a young age, William has had an interest in STEM subjects. He studied civil engineering at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, where he also played baseball and participated in a variety of organizations such as Student Government Association, Collegiate 100, Men of Excellence, NSBE and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and staying active.

Emily Rhoden

Senior Community Relations Strategist

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As senior community relations strategist for the Burns & McDonnell Foundation, Emily facilitates programs and partnerships with schools, educators and non-profit partners to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders. Her passions include connecting all students to STEM as well as developing and maintaining relationships with teachers and students. When she’s not connecting with schools across the country, Emily enjoys cheering on her children’s sports teams and kayaking.