Heart transplant recipient highlights STEM careers
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – A Minnesota woman who received a heart transplant is using her experience to highlight the importance of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.
United States Census data shows that 27% of women hold jobs in science, technology, engineering or math.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the country will need 1 million more STEM workers by 2030.
Mackenzie Tannhauswer is a biomedical engineer for Abbott Labs in Minneapolis. She suffered from a heart condition and received a heart transplant 11 years ago.
She said the experience inspired her to pursue a career in STEM, and she wants to inspire other young people, especially girls, to also consider a career in the field.
“I encourage people to speak up and find those mentors,” she said. “That’s what helped me become confident in this career path. With younger people. I encourage them to ask questions and learn about all of things in your everyday life that a STEM career might impact.”
Tannhauswer also said she’s grateful for the donor of her heart and wants to encourage people to become organ donors.
World Heart Day is Sept. 29.
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