STEMM Idol Speaker: Dr. Doom

Dr. Doom may be the name of a fictional comic book character, but the real Dr. Travis Doom spoke to students on Tuesday, September 29 as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

"We need engineers," Dr. Doom conveyed to students. "By the year 2020, there will be two jobs in the computer science field for every graduate."

Dr. Doom  is a professor and associate chair in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Wright State University. This is the second year Dr. Doom has spoken to students as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

Some of Dr. Doom's accomplishments include WSU's Robert J. Kegerris Distinguished Professor of Teaching, the 2014 Southern Ohio Council for Higher Education's (SOCHE) award for Excellence in Teaching, and the WSU College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching award  in 2000 and 2005.

When speaking to the students on Tuesday, Dr. Doom encouraged them to begin looking at colleges now that will help them be skilled in several areas, especially if they are interested in a STEMM career.

"You can't say, 'I'm going to be an science major or I'm going to be a chemistry major.' The way science works now and technology works now, everyone needs to be the master of multiple disciplines."

Dr. Doom also shared that students who study computer science not only need to know how to compute, but how to communicate their findings.

"Communication about computing is key," Dr. Doom said. "How do you communicate to other people to get the answer  you need, and how do you get others to understand the computation?"

Dr. Doom's presentation to students can be found here.

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at