The second annual Career Fair will be on December 20, 2018 in the UNM Student Union Building

By Maggie Werner-Washburne, Director of STEM Boomerang

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — For the second year in a row, business, academic and economic development and government leaders from the city, state and region will converge at The University of New Mexico to meet with recent, highly-trained STEM professionals who live in and out of New Mexico.

At the inaugural symposium in December 2017, more than 200 professionals attended, including 115 STEM professionals. 75 percent of attendees where native New Mexican’s looking to return from outside of New Mexico. More than half of the participants held Ph.D.s, and the other half were ready to begin jobs in the tech sector within the year. STEM Boomerang has now placed almost a dozen STEM Boomerangers and are in the process of connecting more.

“We want to make real-time connections for careers: to help businesses, our economy, the students we have educated, families, and the state of New Mexico,” said STEM Boomerang Director, Maggie Werner-Washburne. “In fact, there are thousands of good-paying, challenging jobs all over the state, and employers here are eager to meet New Mexico’s highly educated STEM workforce. What’s been missing is a connection, and we’d like to be the bridge to overcome this disconnect.”

New Mexico businesses looking to hire STEM professionals and participants ( BS/MS/PhD in the broad area of STEM) looking for careers in New Mexico are encouraged to fill out the survey on the STEM Boomerang website, This survey is used to pair the needs of the business with Boomerangers that have the skills desired.

STEM Boomerang will also present a series of webinars, starting in November, that will cover career options, interviews, and direct meetings with New Mexico employers from start ups to the national laboratories.

Werner-Washburne says that the conference is scheduled right before the holidays by design.  “We want our New Mexico STEM professionals who live here and elsewhere to see New Mexico at it’s best, when careers, family, our great environment call to all of us.”

STEM Boomerang is supported by many organizations, including The University of New Mexico, City of Albuquerque, City of Santa Fe, the State Economic Development Department, the New Mexico Tech Council, Morgan Stanley, and others.

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About STEM Boomerang

STEM Boomerang is designed to connect the dots between the many highly-paid job opportunities that exist in New Mexico in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and other technical areas and graduates from New Mexico who may wrongly believe that the state has little to offer its STEM professionals.  In fact the tech/biotech/engineering startup and businesses in New Mexico are growing exponentially.