How did you discover your passion for what you do?

Through my grandfather, he is a self-made engineer and has always liked tinkering with toys and fix things. Growing up I just liked doing activities with him; we would go to the free planetarium nearby my hometown of Morristown. We would take a train and look through the mountain side telescopes thus beginning my curiosity for space and physics.

 

Who is your mentor and how did he/she shape your career?

In 2014 I had the opportunity through the Missile Defense Agency to work on a project in Washington DC under Kari Anderson. One of the most important lessons she taught me was to be resilient in a world and career field full of men. She helped me learn how to push though when it seems all odds are against me and how to stand up to those who would typically overlook a female in this field. Kari’s belief in me helped me grow both personally and professionally.

 

What words of wisdom or advice do you live by?

Live on the bright side of life – helps me think about someone other than myself. Reminds me to be more than I think I can be and to make every day brighter than the day before.

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