Wendy: NFL cheerleader, Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate
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Wendy: NFL cheerleader, Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate

[Editor's Note: It's difficult to keep up with Science Cheerleader Wendy. Since we originally posted this interview, Wendy graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in biomedical engineering and is…

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Suzanne: Former NBA Washington Wizards cheerleader, dual degrees in Math and Computer Science

Science Technology Engineering and Math girls REALLY rule the world. There isn’t anything you couldn’t do with a degree in a STEM subject. And you know what? There aren’t enough of you out there! I know it sounds cliché, but there comes a point in one’s life where it is VERY cool to be a “geek”.

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Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders: Ask 'Em Anything

The 2011-2012 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders, six of whom are pursuing science and engineering careers, have offered to answer the most popular questions submitted through Tuesday August 23rd. Questions with the most votes from the public will be answered by the cheerleaders during a videotaped interview at their Tempe, AZ, training facility. Ask 'em anything!

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Meet Marcie: Pro Bowl Cardinals Cheerleader and Electrical Engineer

Update: 1/9/15. Marcie’s featured on BBC for her latest invention: the smart baby seat from Intel!
Dr. John here…  As one of the few lifelong Arizona Cardinals fans, it is a real honor to introduce Marcie, Pro Bowl Cardinals Cheerleader and electrical engineer at Intel®. She’s the latest superstar in our series featuring professional cheerleaders and athletes who are pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.
Marcie is in her fourth year with the Cardinals and previously cheered at Arizona State University (ASU) while completing her engineering degree. She’s currently a Technical Marketing Engineer managing an architectural conversion program at Intel® Corporation in the Embedded and Communications Group. She assists the sales teams win designs in embedded markets, converting them from PPC, SPARC, ARM and MIPS to Intel architecture.
Arizona Cardinals and Cheerleaders to the Super Bowl and BEYOND! Take it away Marcie…
Marcie, who or what experience turned you on to science and engineering?
I have always been intrigued by science based careers. In high school several of my mom’s friends were engineers so she had me talk to them and spend a day on the job with one. From a little exposure and a summer job working at a technology start-up company, I was hooked on the fact that I could be involved in the next technological advancement which shapes the way we live.
Do you have any advice for youngsters who might feel torn between following one dream associated with beauty or physique (cheerleading, baseball, etc) and following a STEM career usually associated with, well, geeks?
I encourage girls of all ages to do what excites and motivates them, no matter what it is! If it is something as diverse as cheerleading and engineering, go for it! You will only be a more well rounded individual! Also, having an engineering degree gives you a foundation that you can use anywhere and will enable a long, stable career path.
Did you find that stereotypes about cheerleaders helped or hindered your studies or professional experiences?

Having the diversity of cheerleading and engineering has been an extremely positive experience for me personally and professionally. Having the ability to perform and cheer while pursuing a career in engineering has been a perfect physical outlet and allowed for a great work/life balance. I have been lucky enough to have a ton of support from my boss and co-workers. Although there may be some who stereotype the capabilities of cheerleaders, others stereotype engineers. We can’t let their negativity or comments stop us from pursuing our dreams. It’s our responsibility to break down false assumptions around us.

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