New Mexico, like many "brain drain" states, has experienced a loss of highly-educated young people, especially those who are or will be professionals in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). While some of this loss may be due to the perception that there are greater job opportunities in other areas of the country, it is also due to emigration of young people for education; graduate and professional school and post-doctoral opportunities.
Like all New Mexicans, these young professionals value family, home, and the state where they grew up. Many would love to have careers back home, but barriers and missed connections make it impossible.
Significant opportunities in STEM exist in NM, but the potential workforce is not currently connected to these opportunities, and many have no knowledge of the breadth of these opportunities, even in their own city. All of this contributes to the incorrect perception that New Mexico lacks a skilled technical workforce.
Utilizing previously untapped resources, Operation Boomerang will connect New Mexico’s young, highly-educated STEM professionals with startup, tech and biotech, and research career opportunities in New Mexico.
STEM Boomerang successfully connected New Mexico's high tech workforce from around the US with great New Mexico lab, business, education, and government opportunities.