What do you do?
I examine damage reported by Airline Operators on Boeing Aircraft and help offer repair solutions so they could return back to flight safely.
Why did you choose this field?
I believe Engineering is fancy arts and crafts; you basically build your ideas using expensive tools and have a chance to help the world. I've always been artistic and creative but also enjoyed math and science.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I have worked on the world's first 3d printed car doors, world's first 3d printed tailgate, and world's first supercar. Younger me would have never thought I could do this. Even college me would have doubted I could ever produce something like that.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love working in STEM because everyday there are exciting challenges. One of my managers used to say that perfection is a moving target, and that's exactly how our industry works.
Best advice for next generation?
Being good at math is not as important as working hard and genuinely being passionate about the subject. Even if you're not an engineer, places like NASA always hire STEM communicators, writers, and more.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” - Calvin Coolidge