Odds and ends: Portland ranks in the middle of metro areas for STEM work, and a Vancouver man is a winner in NASA contest

Here are a couple of news and online items that recently caught our attention at Science In Portland.

First, WalletHub, a personal finance website, recently put out its 2016 ranking of the best and worst metro areas for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals in terms of finding work and advancing their careers.

The Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro metro area came in at …

No. 46.

That’s out of 100, so not so great.

Meanwhile, to our north, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue in Washington came in at No. 3. Austin-Round Rock in Texas was No. 2, and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara in California took No. 1.

Take a look at the post and WalletHub’s methodology for more information. Also, do you have thoughts on why the Portland metro area ranked so far down the list? Share it with us in comments, and we might use them in a future post.

NASA's logo decorates the space agency's Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Susannah L. Bodman | Science In Portland

NASA’s logo decorates the space agency’s Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Susannah L. Bodman | Science In Portland

Second, Ryan Boyd, who hails from Vancouver and is a junior at Oregon State University in Corvallis, is one of 30 winners of NASA’s Robotic Arm Crowdsourcing Challenge. The contest aims to spur design of a robotic arm for a free-flying robot that will be sent to the International Space Station.

You can read more about it on The Columbian newspaper’s website.

At OSU, Boyd is majoring in wildlife sciences and sustainability, with emphases that include rare and endemic species, astrobiology, and geomorphology.

Susannah L. Bodman
Twitter: @Sciwhat
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