All students, whether they are interested in STEMM-related careers or not, are invited to meet professionals in STEMM fields during the STEMM Idol Speaker Series.
The first speaker of the 2015-2016 school year was Mike Coyle '89. Along with being a CJ grad, Coyle is also a current CJ parent.
"I want to help spread enthusiasm for the sciences and show what is up ahead," Coyle said.
Coyle, an engineer, has 19 years of experience in various industries. After graduating from CJ, he enlisted in the United States Army. It was there, Coyle told students, that he began praying about what God wanted him to do with his future.
"I remember thinking about Nan Davis, a woman who was paralyzed," shared Coyle. "Students at Wright State University built a device to help her walk and receive her diploma. I knew I wanted to help people too."
After the Army, Coyle enrolled at Wright State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering. He also received an MBA from Bluffton University.
Coyle's first job was at Midmark in Versailles where he earned seven patents. He later worked at Xylem and is now with the Dayton Lamina Corporation as the Senior Director of Product Management and Development.
Coyle said the biggest aspect students may not know about his field is the personal skills needed for any position.
"The technical problems are not the biggest problems in engineering, it's the people problems," Coyle explained. "I am proud of the way we build teams and how we interoperate with each other."
Outside of his career, Coyle said he enjoys creating software, which included writing a progrlam that helped create the Guinness Book of World Records’ World’s Largest Pumpkin Pie in 2005 and 2010. He shared that engineering skills came into play when the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers Association contacted him about cooking the pie.
"We had to build an oven and show that the pie was in fact edible, so we had to make sure it was cooked all the way," said Coyle.
While speaking with students, Coyle shared his enthusiasm about the school renovations and the opportunities students have while attending CJ.
Coyle said, "God designed you for a purpose, and it's far better than anything you could wish for yourselves."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.