Santiana Jean-Baptiste

Santiana Jean-Baptiste

Engineering Lead, CQV
Santiana Jean-Baptiste
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Santiana Jean-Baptiste’s unparalleled quest and determination to live the “promised” life was seeded at an early age. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Santiana’s mother sent her and her siblings to live in the United States where she believed was the land of golden opportunity. Unbeknown to her mother, their lives as immigrants were severely impacted by the reality of living in a poverty stricken, high crime, and underserved community in Miami, Florida, where she and her three siblings were raised, after reuniting with their mother. Despite their impoverished upbringing, Santiana displayed a steadfast will to persevere. Upon graduation from high school at the age of 17, she moved to Tampa, Florida to pursue her dream of becoming an engineer. Her dreams came true as she later graduated from the University of South Florida, as a first generation college graduate, with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering, Minor in Biomedical Engineering. Ms. Jean-Baptiste has a total of 8+ years working knowledge in the medical device industry; she is expanding her expertise in the Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical Industry, as she is currently an Engineering Lead Consultant for a Biotech Company in Oregon. Santiana continues to inspire and motivate young adults to succeed despite life’s challenges. She is currently working on her first Creative Nonfiction project, a memoir, based on a 'Haitian woman's journey to become an Engineer in America'.

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Hello and thank you for your question.  

When I was 13 years old, I too was interested in reading books relating to science and engineering.  At that age, what helped sustain my interest on these topics was participating in "hands on"  projects.  I would recommend that you visit this site: showbooklist .cfm?catid=6&list=STEM_sciencefair

I like the fact that this site have many different books on scientific projects; ones that you can work on at home.  This will help your daughter be engaged, while expanding her knowledge on scientific principals.  Also, this site have fun books on a multitude of science subjects (i.e Anatomy, Chemistry, Biology, etc).

I've also included a link for you, as a parent ( preuniver sity-education/online-magazine-to-spark- engineering -interest-in-teens).  This is an Online Magazine to Spark Engineering Interests in Teens.  The site is a great tool to help you help her,  on her journey to become an Engineer.

I hope this helps.  

Kind Regards,

Santiana Jean-Baptiste