Virginia Western Community College invites the public to attend a free talk on Wednesday, Oct. 9 by national expert Deanne Bell on science and technology careers that are far from boring. From her work with NASA to travels in Tibet, Bell has had experiences in a wide range of innovative and STEM careers.

Bell is an engineer, television host and the founder of FutureEngineers.org, a platform that hosts national invitation challenges for students. She received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

Prior to becoming a TV host, Deanne designed opto-mechanics for military aircraft sensors and worked as a senior application engineer for a CAD software startup in Boston.

In 2006, Deanne took her first job in television as a co-host for the Peabody Award winning children’s series, Design Squad. She is currently a co-host for CNBC’s ‘Make Me a Millionaire Inventor, and her previous hosting credits include ESPN, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and DIY Network.

In 2014, Deanne founded Future Engineers, which hosted its inaugural challenge in partnership with NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation. Students were asked to create a digital 3D model of a space tool, and the winning design is being 3D printed aboard the International Space Station.

WHAT: STEM talk by national expert Deanne Bell

WHEN: 1 p.m., Wednesday, October 9

WHERE: Whitman Theater, Virginia Western Campus (Directions and parking)

COST: Free and open to the public