Impact NW Spotlight: Tyler Oshiro

Meet Tyler Oshiro, AKA Science Program Coordinator

Tyler Oshiro is the AKA Science Project Coordinator at Impact NW

Tyler Oshiro (left) is the AKA Science Project Coordinator at Impact NW

Tyler Oshiro ended a successful year as an AmeriCorps member with the AKA Science program, and now begins his career as Impact NW’s AKA Science Program Coordinator.

“My favorite part about working for Impact NW is that there’s a system and structure of support, and if someone can’t help you with a specific problem, they can point you in the direction of someone who can.”

Tyler grew up in Hawaii on the island of Oahu and moved to Portland for his undergraduate education at Pacific University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a minor in Physics and English Literature.

Prior to working with Impact NW, Tyler worked as an manufacturing technician. Although he liked this position well enough, he desired a position that would help the community and improve the lives of children.

“In my perfect world, every student would have access to quality, hands-on, inquiry-based science curriculums, no matter what their parents income is or what neighborhood they grew up in,” said Tyler. “I hope that one day we live in a world where science isn’t restricted to a select few, but is respected as a process that can be and is incorporated into our daily lives.”

Learn More About Tyler Oshiro

What is something your co-workers may not know about you?

“I write fiction in my spare time, which is something that doesn’t necessarily come up in conversation around the water cooler. I’ve had two pieces published this year, and am hoping for more!”

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

“My superpower is to give everyone that our program touches a smile, so that they recognize and remember how fun science can be.”