Women in STEM: Jeanine Cook’s Story

The Texas Standard caught up with a handful of women in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math during SC15 in Austin. We wanted to know about their jobs and their advice for the next generation of female STEM leaders.

By Laura Rice and Gretchen SandersDecember 1, 2015 2:39 pm, , ,

Jeanine Cook is SC15‘s student programs chair and a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories.

Cook says she’s from a family of three girls – all with degrees in electrical engineering.

While she says she loves men – she’s married to one – Cook says she thinks the way men are socialized in the United States predisposes to some behaviors that aren’t always helpful when it comes to interacting with women in the workplace.

Cook’s advice to young women is to grow a tough shell early, not to take criticism personally, and to know that they are in the STEM field because they have earned that position based on competence.

Cooks says liking science and math can totally be a “girl” thing.

Listen to Cook’s full story in the player above.