Mark Clytus, PhD Student

Coordinator, Strategic Statewide Outreach

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Yá'át'ééh (Hello) I am Mark Clytus I am married to beautiful Dine’ (Navajo) woman with four kids, I am a first generation PhD student studying American Indian Studies, with an emphasis in Natural Resource Management and Policy/Indigenous STEM Education, at the University of Arizona. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (Oklahoma State University) and earned two master’s degrees in Information Technology Management (Colorado Technical University) and Environmental Science (University of Idaho). I worked as an Engineer and as an IT consultant doing project management on a variety of engineering/IT technology projects for the Federal government(Dept. of Commerce MBDA, Dept. of the Air Force and Army, USGS), State of Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control, Boeing, Tribal governments (Navajo Nation and Spokane Tribe), and in Academia (University of Idaho, Washington State University and Oklahoma State University). I have certification in technology transfer management funded by the Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to promote technology transfer between academia, government agencies and private industries. As a future PhD recipient, I will work to produce economic development opportunities in an environmentally sustainable conscious market for Indigenous communities, develop culturally relevant and empowering STEM curriculum for higher education institutions, as well as enhance educational academic outreach opportunities for underrepresented, low income, and first-generation students through STEM programs. I am excited to launch Early Academic Outreach in the Phoenix area for the University of Arizona.