STEM Educator, NYC Department of Education; Founder, STEMgurus, Inc.
Polytechnic Alumni Association - International Board of Directors (Term ending August 31, 2020)
Suman T. Sabastin is a STEM educator and NYC FIRST Robotics and FIRST Lego League coach/mentor/volunteer/trainer with the NYC Department of Education for over 15 years. She is a proud and active member of various STEM-related organizations including IEEE, NSBE, NCTM, SWE, SHRM, ASTD, and Brooklyn Technical High School Alumni Association (Class of 1992, Mechanical Engineering). She worked for Girl Scouts USA National Headquarters as the STEM Project Manager, Technology and Engineering Initiatives instrumental in creating the first "Robotics" patch to engage girls in STEM career fields.
While pursuing her MS OB she was president of the PolySHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) and in collaboration with PolyNSBE and PolySWE, led the chapter to be recognized (under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Harold Kaufman) with the very first International SHRM chapter award for excellence in providing the student population with workforce guidance, mentorship and opportunities.
Ms. Sabastin also holds an MBA in Marketing Management and Consumer Behavior from Pace University and teaches entrepreneurship to high school students through PLTW (Project Lead The Way) initiative as well CollegeNow in CUNY campuses around the city. She has mentored hundreds of students at the high school and college levels, promoting not only a focus on technical aspects of engineering and other STEM careers but also the importance of ethics and integrity in the workplace. Most recently she has joined the Business Teachers Association of New York State to explore ways to attract and promote entrepreneurship in traditional academic curriculum.
She founded STEMgurus, Inc., in 2013 to provide unique STEM exposure and mentorship for youth to make informed decisions on college/career choices. As a K-12 educator and as an alum of both Brooklyn Technical High School and Polytechnic University, she has personally experienced the exemplar pipeline to talent acquisition for STEM fields and now is in a unique position to engage future STEM professionals, attracting them to higher education pathways which prepare them for global workforce readiness. Ms. Sabastin thanks her fellow alumni for the opportunity.