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REBECCA PRICE
DINÉ / SOUTHWESTERN INDIAN POLYTECHNIC
INSTITUTE / PRE-ENGINEERING AND AUTOCAD

18 WINDS OF CHANGE * SUMMER 2017

STEM
education has
had a huge
impact on
Price, and she
wants to pay it
forward for her
community.
"I think there
should be
stronger
influences in
STEM on the
reservation,"
she says.
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GENINE HERNANDEZ

W

hen Rebecca Price
first enrolled at
Southwestern Indian
Polytechnic Institute
(SIPI), she went in
with a tentative plan
to get her associate's
degree in business
administration. But by the time she left her
student orientation, she had changed her mind.
Inspired by what she heard about the science
department, including NASA-funded projects
and student internships, Price chose to go in a
completely different direction. She decided
then and there to pursue a dual major in
pre-engineering and AutoCAD, which meant
getting her computer-aided drafting and design
certificate. "It's a strong major at SIPI," says
Price. "It's very hard to get that AutoCAD
certificate of completion anywhere else."
Now in her second and final year of the
program, Price will be finished in the fall, and
plans to pursue a BS in civil engineering and
then possibly attend law school to become an
intellectual property lawyer. "It's kind of
unbelievable, but it's a great feeling knowing
that you can accomplish something that you
set your mind to," she says. "I feel like I do have
the mind to be an engineer. I have a lot of
imagination. I love the way that I think - I'm
an objective thinker."
Price is currently working in the advanced
technical education department as part of the
VIP ROSE STEM internship, which is funded
by NASA. (For more on this and other
programs at
SIPI, see the
article on page
26.) She is the
product
manager on the
augmented
reality sandbox
project at SIPI.
"We have to
build a sandbox
that we use as a
visualization
tool, to display
topography and
different levels
of elevation by
means of
contour lines,"
she explains.
"You can
interact with it
physically.


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