Students Get a Leg Up on Technology-Related Careers

This past Friday marked the first in a series of guest speakers that will be coming to TCDS to talk to the fifth grade students about technology and how they use it in their professions.

Elementary technology teacher Ms. Saundra organized these presentations. She thought it would be a great experience for our students to meet people who work in the technology field, while also learning how the guest speakers got to where they are now in their careers.

The first presenter was Raytheon employee Tim Soeder. He is the program manager for the HARM missile program.

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Tim Soeder, program manager for the HARM missile program at Raytheon, talked to fifth grade students about the use of technology in his career.

Mr. Soeder is from Rochester, New York. While a child, he was a huge Star Wars fan and was interested in space and aeronautics. When in middle school, Tim was pen pals with James Irwin, an Apollo astronaut. Mr. Irwin attended the University of Michigan, which has one of the top Aerospace programs in the country. Influenced by Mr. Irwin, Mr. Soeder attended college there as well.  

Mr. Soeder has degrees in both Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. He later received a Masters Degree in Thermodynamics and an MBA.

Mr. Soeder began his Raytheon career in 1996. While at Raytheon, he has worked on various engineering assignments including Chief Engineer for the Maverick Missile program. Currently, Mr. Soeder is enjoying his new career adventure as the program manager for the HARM missile program.

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Mr. Soeder engaged the students with interesting details about technology  in his career.


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The students listened attentively to what Mr. Soeder was telling them about technology.

Ms. Saundra filmed Mr. Soeder’s presentation and plans to show it to fourth grade students as well.