STEM Boomerang was established to address New Mexico's 'Brain Drain' challenge by connecting talented professionals with diverse STEM job opportunities across New Mexico.

Our Mission

Driven by the passion to help New Mexico's best and brightest students and professionals find careers close to home, STEM Boomerang was established to address the challenge of talent drain in the state's crucial STEM fields.

We are constantly working to increase awareness of local STEM job opportunities, particularly in specialized tech and startups, and provide valuable career development resources to equip New Mexico’s workforce for success.

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Career Connection Events

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Since 2017, STEM Boomerang has aimed to help STEM professionals make connections to discover career opportunities in every sector of New Mexico’s economy.

Our first event was in December, 2017 on UNM’s main campus. Over 115 STEM professionals & students met with recruiters from 30 companies and learned the topography of New Mexico innovation and entrepreneurship over a 2-day immersive event. Read more HERE

Since then, we have hosted numerous events garnering attendance from over 1000 professionals and over 100 NM employers!

This warm handshake has led to helping hundreds of professionals (and counting!!!) find great careers in New Mexico, where they will be part of the leadership and economic development for our future.

Our Founding Members

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Dr. Monica Sandoval-Johnson received her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from UNM, a PhD from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and did post doctoral research at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. STEM Boomerang is incredibly lucky to have Monica on the team. She has a passion for understanding the challenges and finding solutions to workforce development needs. Connect with Monica on LinkedIn

(photo: Hallee Nguyen – Matchbox marketing)

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Dr. Maggie Werner-Washburne received a B.A. in English from Stanford, traveled in the Americas and Polynesia for 5 years, and received an MS from U Hawaii and PhD and post doctoral experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research at UNM was in yeast genomics.

Maggie is an AAAS Fellow and received two US Presidential awards for research and excellence in STEM mentoring, and AAAS Lifetime Mentor Award.

Link to more information about Dr. Werner Washburne

New Mexico's economic future depends on retaining innovative leaders and inclusive builders to grow the STEM ecosystems.

-Founder Maggie Werner Washburne, PhD