Member Spotlight: Omar Kheir

Omar Kheir (he/him) is a gay engineer from Lebanon with a passion for solving problems efficiently with sophisticated data analysis.

He obtained a Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut in mechanical engineering and then went on to complete a Masters in industrial engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Most recently, he completed a certificate program in data analytics from Georgia Tech. In his current position working as an expert in process improvement and optimization at EPCOM, he uses this extensive knowledge to translate business needs into technical requirements in terms of engineering theories and algorithms through creating innovative solutions, whether it’s collaborating with the sales teams, engineering team or purchasing agent. Essentially, he uses problem solving skills to engineer problems with a special twist to produce solutions to everyday problems. Outside of work he pursues interests in photography, hiking, bodybuilding, and anything outdoors and also takes time for self care.

We sat down with Omar (virtually!) to get to know more about his multiple intersecting identities, finding community, and owning his path as a queer person in STEM.
Please note some answers were edited for clarity and brevity.
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Conference 2020 Registration

In order to make the conference experience better for everyone, we have pushed registration back to September 14, 2020. We appreciate your patience as we work to make the experience as smooth as possible. 
As in previous years you will need an account to register for the conference so feel free to complete your profile at or by clicking the "Join oSTEM" button above. If you already have an account, you are all set and check back in on September 14!
We are excited to bring you a reimagined conference experience and to evoke the Magic of Tenacity!
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COVID-19 Response


The state of the world has changed very quickly in the last few weeks with the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently affecting us as global citizens. As the oSTEM community includes displaced members and affiliates from academic student chapters to international volunteers, it is important to address the specific needs of our community. 

Academic and professional chapters are the foundation of our global community. Community has often been defined by the value of in-person connections, but we understand that this pandemic is a public health risk threatening the connections forged in our community. Until further notice, we will cease all in-person oSTEM community events and meetings.

We recognize the need to prioritize the health and safety of our people while acknowledging the loss of community access due to social distancing. In the interim, it is our intention to optimize your oSTEM chapter experiences with support by transitioning to a fully online community.

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Program & Schedule Preview

Posted on Nov 05, 2018
Excited for the oSTEM conference and can't wait to see what programming you'll find? Take a look at the Program & Schedule Quick-Look, which gives you a preview of what type of programming you'll find at the conference and what workshops and panels will be available during our workshop blocks. You can find the Program & Schedule Quick-Look on our Schedule page.
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Rising Star: Malcolm Lewis

This month, the oSTEM Diversity and Inclusion Team honors Rising Star, Malcolm Lewis. Malcolm is a STAR, in every sparkly meaning of the word. As oSTEM chapter president at the New York University, Malcolm with the executive board has successfully led their group to 3 conferences... 
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Rising Star: Erika Aldrich

Erika Aldrich a junior at the University of Michigan, studying Industrial and Operations Engineering. Erika also has two dogs, Skittles and Cowboy, and she loves sports, outdoor activities, and cooking. Since entering college, Erika has held several positions with the Society for Women Engineers... Learn more about Erika here.
Rising Star: Erika Aldrich 2018-08-25 04:00:00Z 0 rising star

Rising Star: Brett Hoffmann


Our newest rising star is Brett Hoffmann! After graduating from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 2015, Brett began working at Rockwell Collins, where she writes software for the displays in military aircraft and leads aircraft support teams. Rockwell Collins is a leader in aviation and high-integrity solutions. Their endeavors include creating new features like touch screen displays in commercial aircraft and working with elements for fighter pilot helmets. Brett is an avid sci-fi enthusiast, collects music, and relishes friend and family time. A transgender person who transitioned on the job, Brett says she experienced few barriers. She lauds Rockwell Collins’ trans-inclusive healthcare and personal support, as well as their strong support of PFLAG and Pride in Cedar Rapids.

Rising Star: Brett Hoffmann 2018-08-23 04:00:00Z 0 rising star