Category Archives: Brain Drain

Bringing Back STEM Grads

NMiF: Brain Drain

December 15, 2017 – The so-called “brain drain” of talented young professionals from New Mexico is a topic that comes up often in New Mexico. There are many ideas for making sure recent graduates can find jobs and opportunities here. But what about those professionals who have already left but want to return home?

Maggie Werner-Washburne, regents’ professor emerita at UNM, put together an upcoming event to connect STEM professionals with employers and potential investors. The New Mexico Educated Workforce in STEM Symposium is taking place December 20-21 in Albuquerque.

Producer Sarah Gustavus sat down this week with Werner-Washburne, recent UNM graduate and former Albuquerque mayoral candidate Gus Pedrotty, and UNM PhD student Jacqueline DeLora to talk about potential solutions for addressing the brain drain and ensuring students and young professionals know what’s available for them in New Mexico.

The Brain Drain: Potential Solutions

NMiF: Brain Drain

July 28, 2017 – In this series, New Mexico in Focus looks at the phenomenon of talented young people leaving the state for opportunity elsewhere. Previous segments explored the economic imperative to create new jobs, the challenges rural areas face and why some young people are choosing to stay. This week correspondent Gwyneth Doland wraps up the four-part series with a conversation with three Santa Feans who are having success with creative ways to help young people thrive here.

Jennifer Nevarez, Executive Director of the Community Learning Network
Zane Fischer, Co-Coordinator of MIX Santa Fe
Kelley Francis, Multimedia Coordinator at Meow Wolf

Further Reading:
Council approves grant to boost Meow Wolf expansionSanta Fe New Mexican
Thinking Small: Zane Fischer’s innovative tiny houses are building blocks for the 21st century cityscapeNew Mexico Magazine
Santa Fe slow to recover from recessionAlbuquerque Journal
ABQ skills-based hiring gains tractionAlbuquerque Journal