Bev Bitzegaio

Terre Haute, IN, US
Field of Work 
STEM Education
Company 
Indiana State University College of Technology
Job Title or "Student" 
Director of Outreach and Student Career Support
Education 
Indiana State University
Degree 
Human Resource Development
Education Level 
Masters
Profile Biography 
Hello! My name is Bev, and I work in the College of Technology at Indiana State University. As director of outreach, I spend much of my time focused on connecting our students with people in industry for networking and career opportunities. My job also includes providing career support for our technology students, managing the college's website and communication materials, and teaching. My professional website is linked below.

I also have the privilege of serving in several roles designed to attract girls to technology and engineering fields. I work with the Indiana Girls Collaborative Project, which seeks to build collaboration among others who are also working to help girls better understand opportunities available to them in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). One of my favorite roles is that of adviser for the Females in Technology (FiT), a student organization in the College of Technology here at ISU. This is a fantastic group of young women who are dedicated to sharing their passion for technology with girls in elementary and secondary school. These college women also network with each other to ensure they have opportunities for supportive relationships, and participate in a variety of professional development activities. FiT members host an annual FIT for the Future conference, which provides hands-on workshops and networking with women in industry for high school and college girls. Videos of our last two FIT for the Future conferences are also included in the gallery section of this site, along with a activities we did with Girl Scouts.

My career path has taken me in several directions, but has always had a connection to technology. I majored in journalism at Indiana University for my undergraduate degree, and though I really enjoyed writing and photojournalism, I was always attracted to the technology surrounding the discipline. I worked in production for the student newspaper, operating typesetting machines, camera reproduction equipment, and eventually Mac computers. My first professional job was in book publishing. This was a time when personal computers were just being introduced, and I quickly integrated databases and graphic tools to make my work more efficient and effective. Much of the first part of my professional life revolved around computer layout and design. When I went back to school to get my masters, I chose human resource development (HRD) because I liked training others to use computers to enhance their work. The HRD program is housed in the College of Technology at ISU, which led me to my current position that includes a wide variety of responsibilities. Though my duties are varied, using and teaching technology remains a major part of my job.

For fun, I like digital photography and creating videos and slide shows for family and friends. I also enjoy reading (science fiction is my favorite genre), and have recently started listening to books on my iPod. I enjoy learning new technologies and am greatly attracted to new gadgets; I find I have to force limits on myself to avoid spending all my time and money. I have a small family, and they are very important to me. My husband is an elementary teacher and enjoys teaching science. My son works in emerging technologies, so he helps me stay current. My little grandsons share a passion for technology and have already surpassed their granddad in mastering the iPad and iPhone.
Interests 
Writing/blogging, Computing, Reading, Travel, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
White
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, In-school visit, Online role model
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
Availability 
Evenings, Weekdays
Resources 
Career exploration activities, Field trip hosting, Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models
Program Affiliation 
AAUW, NGCP Collaborative FabFem, Other

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