STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Inquire, Experiment, Understand
A pathway where analytical thinking, science and logical innovation collaborate. Programs in this CAP will deepen your understanding of the natural and physical world from a scientific perspective so that you are prepared for a career in fields such as environmental policy, engineering, medicine, as well as field and laboratory science.
STEM Colloquium Series
Meet Vahik “Mike” Khodagolian An Innovative and Award-winning Aeronautical Engineer
Vahik “Mike” Khodagolian is an Aeronautical Engineer, who has dedicated over 20 years of his life to work with teams of engineers throughout the world on challenging Aerodynamics, hydro dynamics, Oceanography, Biomimetics and renewable energy projects. He has pursued advanced degrees and studies in Aeronautical Engineering from numerous, highly acclaimed universities and currently studies Renewable Energy at Stanford University. Regardless of the important lessons he learned in textbooks, Vahik relies heavily on his inspiration of designs in nature, applying biomimetics principles on engineering projects in Sweden where he grew up. His projects have included, using swimming and flying animals optimum flapping frequency to control the flow of air over helicopter rotor blades using pulsed air jets, designing wavy structures to reduce vortex induced vibration, inspired by Seals wavy whiskers and hammerhead sharks’ wavy shaped heads, and most recently conducting extensive research and development on biomimetic designs that could be applied to wind turbines, including trailing edge serrations inspired by owls’ wings to reduce noise and Saguaro Cactus shaped tower to reduce vortex induced vibrations. With these endeavors, Vahik has been able to push engineering to new horizons and hopes to encourage the next generation of engineers to do the same.
Thursday, May 6th, 6:30 - 7:30pm, LIVE ZOOM
All events are free and open to the public
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Do any of these describe you?
- I’m curious about how the universe works.
- I like using my mind to solve problems, especially if it involves using math or science.
- I am drawn to nature and the natural world.
- It’s fun for me to take things apart to understand how they work.
- I thrive in self-directed environments.
- I find it rewarding to figure out complicated problems and intellectual challenges.
- I enjoy developing theories or hypotheses.
- I like to study, conduct research, or work in a lab.
If so, you may be interested in a career in STEM.
Not sure? See the characteristics of the other CAPs.
I like to create things or imagine new ideas.
I prefer working in unstructured environments.
I like to express myself through different mediums.
I’m excited to make things that inform or entertain people.
I enjoy being around creative individuals.
I’m an independent, original or innovative thinker.
I enjoy communicating ideas.
I’m excited to interpret other people's art.
I find working with a team to produce something rewarding.
I like to perform in front of others.
I enjoy achieving goals through quality team work.
I like working in a structured environment.
I enjoy working with my hands.
I feel satisfied when I see the results of my hands-on work.
I am willing to take risks.
I like working with money and finances.
I feel accomplished when I make order out of chaos.
I enjoy leading, motivating, supporting and influencing those around me.
I prefer to manage and support projects.
I want to start my own business or nonprofit.
I am interested in how to strategize and negotiate.
I aim to understand the world we live in.
I enjoy helping people learn, heal and grow.
It’s fun for me to learn about different cultures.
I am multilingual or desire to be.
I enjoy communicating ideas or data.
I like playing with words and writing.
I often ask why things happen in society.
I find myself advocating for others.
I like making a difference.
I debate and discuss different topics.
I enjoy analyzing beyond the surface level.
I’m action oriented.
I care about the wellbeing and safety of others.
I value order, standards and routines.
I like providing service to others.
I enjoy teaching, counseling or training.
I am organized.
I enjoy solving problems.
I am interested in how the body works.
I can remain calm in stressful situations.
Cabrillo has helped me connect with students and professors who have worked in the Data Analysis field. The professors are friendly and knowledgeable and my classmates make class time fun!
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Connect with the STEM Center for help with homework, to request a STEM Coach, and to learn more about STEM disciplines. (Services are available remotely!)