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TWIST, Teen Women in Science and Technology, is a program developed by Kansas State Polytechnic and the Salina community. TWIST encourages high school females to consider STEM related careers. Professionals in STEM related careers such as medicine, engineering, chemistry, aviation, accounting, and many others host career sessions to provide students the opportunity to seriously explore professional career opportunities for themselves. Kansas State Polytechnic is proud to celebrate 25 years of TWIST in 2017. 


TWIST is scheduled for Thursday, January 4, 2018.

8:30-9:00 Registration in the Student Life Center

9:00-9:15 Welcome

9:30-10:00 Career Session 1

10:10-10:40 Career Session 2

10:50-11:20 Career Session 3

11:30-12:15 Lunch

12:30-1:00 Keynote Presentation

1:00-1:15 Closing

2018 Career Sessions:

  • Accounting
  • Animal Science
  • Chemistry
  • City Management/Public Administration
  • Conservation
  • Energy Management/Engineering
  • Environmental Biology/Wind Energy
  • Food Science
  • Geology/Engineering
  • Graphic Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Zoo Veterinary Medicine


TWIST is hosted on the Kansas State University Polytechnic campus in Salina, KS. Attendees should arrive to the Student Life Center for check-in. The Student Life Center is number 21 on the campus map

If you are traveling east or west on I-70, stay on I-70 until the I-70/I-135 interchange. Travel south on I-135 to the Magnolia St. exit (No. 90). Go west on Magnolia to Centennial Rd. Turn right and proceed to the Kansas State Polytechnic campus. 

If you are traveling north or south on I-135, take the Magnolia St. exit (No. 90). Go west on Magnolia to Centennial Rd. Turn right and proceed to the Kansas State Polytechnic campus.


If you have any questions regarding the event or your registration, please contact the Professional Education & Outreach office at 855-552-0079 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or email profed@k-state.edu.

2018 Keynote Speaker

Amy Martens

Amy Martens, P.E.
Manager, Engineering Services
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas

Amy Martens, P.E., Topeka, Kansas, is the manager of engineering services at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. She has more than 20 years of project leadership experience and manages a team of engineers on process improvement/quality projects. Martens earned two degrees from K-State, a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1995 and master’s degree in engineering management through K-State’s Global Campus in 2001. She is an emeritus member of the K-State Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Advisory Council, launched the department’s mentoring program for the IMSE Professional Academy, and is the past chair of the Healthcare Operations Resource Center. 

Martens served on the Board of Directors for the YWCA in Topeka for two 3-year terms including an executive role as the treasurer. She also served two 3-year terms on the Board of Directors for the Race Against Breast Cancer including several roles on the executive committee including board president and serves on the 5K planning committee. Martens is a senior advisor for the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers KC chapter and serves on the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) board of directors. She is an executive committee member and founder of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Toastmasters Club earning Leader/Communicator awards.

Martens recently completed Lean Six Sigma green belt certification through Washburn University. She was named one of Topeka's 20 under 40 and was an honoree for the YWCA Women of Excellence. Martens was recognized as the 2017 Alumni Fellow for the K-State Global Campus to honor her for her many contributions to her profession and as an alumni who has distinguished herself in her career. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Topeka with their two children, Brett and Jenna.