Expanding Your Horizons Conference at Edmonds College
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a national conference that encourages girls, grades 8-12, to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Thank you for attending our 2021 Virtual EYH! Look for our next conference March 2022!
2021 Keynote Speaker
|KAREN B. BRUN (image courtesy of NASA)|
KAREN B. BRUN
On July 20, 1969, everything changed for Karen as she fixated on the grainy television
live coverage of
the Apollo 11 moon landing. At the time, just a child growing up on the island of Trinidad and Tobago,
embracing this new-found passion could have only remained a fantasy seeing at the time, she had never
traveled more than 50 miles from her birthplace, much less travel on an aircraft. Years later, she took
that first airplane ride, which brought her to a new life and opportunities in the United States.
Pursuing her passion, Karen embarked on a career in the U.S. Air Force, specializing
in aviation and air
mobility operations serving as a C-5 Galaxy Flight Engineer. She also earned three associate degrees
from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology
from Thomas Edison State University and a Master of Science in Unmanned Systems with a
concentration in Space Systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She is currently a Ph.D.
candidate pursuing Aviation Sciences with a focus on Human Factors at Florida Institute of Technology.
Karen also holds Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licenses and ratings which includes:
Instrument Rated Private Pilot; Remote Pilot; Aircraft Dispatcher; Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic;
and Flight Engineer (Turbojet). As an instrument rated private pilot, she has flown simulations using
enhanced weather models in support of ongoing FAA-sponsored studies to help industry experts identify
root causes for weather-related general aviation accidents.
With an insatiable passion for Space, Karen also sought opportunities such as RockOn,
a NASA-sponsored program, where she learned to build sounding rocket payloads utilizing
an Arduino platform,
and had a front row seat as it launched onboard a Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket from the
NASA Wallops Flight Facility.
In 2016, Karen was selected as a Scientist-Astronaut Candidate for Project PoSSUM,
astronautics research and education program which is supported by the NASA Flight Opportunities
Soon after, NASA selected Karen as a Mission Specialist for the Human Exploration
(HERA) Program, a 45-day simulated space habitat mission at NASA Johnson Space Center, which
focuses on human research to support future deep space travel. Following HERA, Karen accepted a
NASA internship at the Safety & Mission Assurance Support Division at the NASA Neil A. Armstrong
Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
Almost fifty years since watching Neil Armstrong make one giant leap for mankind,
to share her passion by inspiring generations of learners about aviation and space exploration, and how
they too can become a part of it by becoming involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
(STEM) programs early. Passion overcomes setbacks …just stay the course because there is no
timeline, only perseverance.
EYH will increase young women's interest in science, technology, engineering, and math
- foster awareness of career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math; and
- provide opportunities for young women to meet and interact with role models active in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.
2019 Expanding Your Horizons Snapshot
Here's a look at the 2019 conference so new participants have an idea of what to expect.
About the 2019 EYH Conference Workshops and Presenters
- 25+ unique workshops were offered featuring successful women from a variety of STEM careers.
- You can see the full list of 2019 workshops by clicking the link on the right side of the page.
- 95% of the participant responses indicated they enjoyed the workshops attended, especially because most were hands on.
About the Participants
- Over 425 participants registered.
- 98% of the participants indicated that they would attend the 2020 conference.
- 80% said that as a direct response to the workshops they attended, they were now considering new career options.