We had the good fortune of connecting with James Lindsey, P.E. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi James, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’m a very extroverted person and enjoy bringing people together. In 2018 I started hosting various events including brunches, day parties and listening parties under my company J Linz Entertainment. The following year I was inspired to form a podcast under this same brand called Full STEAM Ahead. I want to bring the STEM/STEAM world into the limelight and do it in a creative manner.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I like to think of myself as half engineer, half creative. As a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) practicing as a Civil Engineer, I’m privy to all of the stereotypes that fit my profession. For instance, engineers being socially awkward, performing calculations even on the weekends and preferring to be around computers than people. Just to name a few. I’m actually the opposite and know may other engineers that are the opposite as well. My goal is to show the world that the life of an engineer is more than just calculations and numbers. I’m most proud of gaining professional licensure and also starting my podcast Full STEAM Ahead. It was not easy doing either and I face challenges each day. I’ve had many failures but continued to get advice from mentors and refine my process until I succeeded. I’ve learned to pray, be thankful and stay in my lane. Full STEAM Ahead was created to uplift African Americans and people of color in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. While tons of money each year are donated to STEAM (Science, Techonology, Engineering, Art and Math) fields by companies, celebrities, athletes, influencers, etc., the world only gets to see small clips of these interactions. On one end of the spectrum, there are several radio shows and podcasts that focus on at least one, if not all of the following: pop culture, hip-hop culture, politics, or sports. Completely opposite of this, there are podcasts and radio shows that discuss: academia, heavily technical topics, and STEM. Full STEAM Ahead aims to have a little bit of both.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living in Houston, the options for having a great time are endless! From a museum and tourist perspective I would first take them to visit Project Row Houses in Third Ward and Museum of Fine Arts Houston to check out the most popular exhibits on display at that time. Also in Third Ward, I’d ensure that they got the chance to visit Turkey Leg Hut for lunch or dinner, Bar 5015 for drinks and Lucille’s for brunch. To burn off all the calories, we would work out at my gym The Body Shop HTX which is also in Third Ward. Venturing out a little further, The Galleria would be the first place to shop. I would also take them to Grace’s and Loch Bar for more food. For some more outdoor activity, I would take my friend on a stroll through Buffalo Bayou or Hermann Park. Since I enjoy whiskey and music played off a vinyl, I would want to show them Poison Girl and ’93 Til. Sunset, Miss Carousel and Prospect Park are also bars that would be on my list. The options are truly endless and they would need to come back for a part two of the trip!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Allante Whitmore- Blk & In Grad School Podcast Jakym Battle- STEM Is The New Black
Andrew Gordon- The Yellow Bridge Therapy Center