Pom Jintasawang has been involved with the Future City Competition for 16 years. She started as a volunteer in the Arizona region, became a co-coordinator there and is now the regional coordinator in Nevada.
“When I was growing up, I didn’t know what an engineer was,” said Pom. “I knew I liked math and then someone told me I should be an engineer. Future City is a great way to introduce kids to engineering. It shows them how they can solve problems in their communities and around the world.”
Pom feels Future City has particular significance for Nevada. “We are a state with one of the lowest graduation rates and we want to help change that. We want to connect kids with engineers so they can see that it can be part of their future. If we can bring water to the desert, we can bring engineers to kids to help education!”
Pom is inspired by the idea that Future City helps prepare the next generation of engineers. “Future City helps turn engineering into an everyday dinner conversation and makes it less intimidating for girls and boys to think about a career in engineering because of all that they learn in the process.”