STEMExplore Virtual Career Connection with a Professional Engineer and Program Manager at U.S. Department of Homeland Security

May 5, 2020 4:00 PM


Join EarthEcho International as we highlight relatable voices in STEM careers! With STEMExplore, we invite female professionals to share their STEM journey with a live audience during dynamic 45-minute virtual events.

The conversation will focus on women in STEM and the STEMExplore Mentor will share her personal journey and the positive influences that helped her to realize her professional capabilities.

During this 45-minute session, the participants will:

- Learn about national security and engineering as a career in general;
- Observe the day to day tasks of a program manager in Homeland Security and a Professional Engineer;
- Gain insight into a STEM career and learn the steps it takes to become a professional in this area;
- Ask interview questions of the STEMExplore expert.

Date: May 5, 2020 at 4:00 PM EASTERN

Topic/Career:  Engineering, Program Management

STEMExplore Mentor: Karin Clarkson, Program Manager at U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Karin Clarkson

Professional Engineer and Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security

Ms. Karin Clarkson has served the Federal Government in various capacities supporting acquisition programs for over 20 years. Ms. Clarkson is a Program Manager at in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) office for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD).  She is responsible for acquisition planning and execution of several programs that enable operational partners to promote readiness for chemical, biological radiological nuclear or heath security threats.  At CWMD, Ms. Clarkson supports operators by providing information, equipment and expertise to the frontline personnel who protect the Nation.  

Ms. Clarkson is a plank-holding member of the CWMD which was established in 2017 to elevate and streamline DHS efforts to prevent terrorists from using weapons of mass destruction against the United States.  Prior to becoming a federal employee in 2017, Ms. Clarkson was a government contractor at the Domestic Nuclear DetectionOffice.  She has been serving the DHS in acquisition roles since 2009 and provides a depth of expertise in supporting the Radiation and Nuclear detection mission.

Before joining DHS, Ms. Clarkson served the Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency as a member of the Aegis Ballistic MissileDefense Test and Evaluation Team.  She also supported the Navy’s Extremely High Frequency Satellite CommunicationProgram as an acquisition specialist.

Ms. Clarkson is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E) in the commonwealth of Virginia and holds a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the John’s Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the George Washington University.

Classroom Resources

STEMExplore Mentor Reflection Guide

Use this worksheet to allow students to reflect on their experience with a STEMExplore mentor after a Virtual Career Connection.

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