August 2013 Women's
ACE Mentor Valerie Tam (1990–)
Valerie Tam credits the ACE Mentor Program in Palo Alto for inspiring her to pursue a career in civil engineering: "I have always had a passion for buildings, and thought, 'Maybe I could be an architect.' ACE not only helped me in choosing my career, but gave me the skills I would need to succeed in college and beyond." ACE mentors are professionals in architecture, construction and engineering who provide hands-on, real-world design projects and scholarships for teens. With a B.S. in civil engineering, Tam is currently a city public works intern, as well as an ACE mentor.
A passion for discovery: California women trailblazers
in science, technology, engineering and math
The August calendar shines a spotlight on four remarkable women who have achieved success in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The calendar is produced by the California State Library, California Research Bureau, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the California Department of Education. Photo courtesy of Teresa Tam.