Kelly Morrison with ASP STEM clubs
Kelly Morrison with ASP STEM clubs

An alumna shares her experiences

Hosted jointly by our Women in STEM and Robotics clubs, Kelly Morrison '11 joined several dozen of our Upper School students via Zoom last Wednesday to talk about her path from ASP to a career in STEM as a product developer and eventual product manager.

Kelly Morrison '11 speaks to Women in STEM and Robotics

Speaking to a socially-distanced room of students, Kelly shared a bit about her six years at ASP, as well as her experience of taking Physics with Ms. Schupack, who is the current Women in STEM club advisor. Kelly shared that her Computer Science class at ASP inspired a passion in her that opened the door to her future studies. After graduation, Kelly attended McGill University where she received a degree in Software Engineering.

Kelly's career has taken her all over the United States, first to Texas where she worked as a software engineer and product manager. Now, she lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she works in account management and sales for a custom software development company.

During her talk, Kelly shared about the kinds of jobs that students can do under the umbrella of product development and product management. She spoke from her experience about trying new things, and working with one's skill set and an open mind to find out which facet of STEM is the right fit. Kelly encouraged diversity in STEM, particularly for women, people of color, and historically underrepresented groups. Kelly highlighted some of her ASP classmates who she has stayed in close contact with over the years, and the various paths they took after their shared time at ASP. Many have gone into STEM fields!

Kelly Morrison and her ASP classmates!

In addition to offering insights on the kinds of principles that professional software engineers use to organize their workflow, like the Agile software development model and scrum framework, Kelly also gave advice to the Robotics club, who asked insightful questions about how to keep the team productive while managing all other aspects of their projects.

Thank you, Kelly, for this insightful visit!

Any alumni interested in sharing their experience after ASP with current students are welcome to contact our Alumni Office with their ideas.