Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

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Power Words

Power Words: English: 
Imagination, Empathy, Diligence, and Balance

Where were you born? 

Washington, D.C.

What school did you attend? 

University of Maryland, College Park

What gained you interest in the NIH? 

My wife and I had an excellent experience with NIH during her bone marrow donation. I was excited at the prospect of working at such a highly regarded organization.

How can you help improve the composition of the STEM education pipeline for Native American students? 

I can help by learning more about the challenges facing potential Native American STEM students and seeking ways to promote awareness of study and employment opportunities here at NIH.

What is your most important accomplishment to date?  

My role in raising four wonderful humans.

How did you choose your career?  

I pursued my passion for fixing that which is broken. My interest in facility operations grew from my love of fixing things around the house with my father.

What types of community programs do you feel need to be more visible in Indian Country?  

Programs which inspire students to make positive constructive choices when they are most at risk of "slipping through the cracks" are the most impact.

What are ways to provide better STEM education for Native American students?  

Gathering and conveying information on educational opportunities will enable more Native American students to take advantage of them.

How can Tribal colleges build stronger partnerships with institutions like NIH? 

Tribal colleges can increase dialog with NIH personnel to develop training and employment opportunities at NIH. Also, existing Native American employees at NIH can be invited to share their stories with aspiring Native American students.

What does success mean to you?  

Success to me means growing a little each day and helping others to do the same.