Kelly Korreck

Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Institution

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Stay curious! Follow what you are interested in and dedicate yourself to solving the hard problems in that area!

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I make satellites to study the Sun and understand te effects of Space Weather on the Earth!

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I had always enjoyed nature and math. I had thought about being a medical doctor but in undergraduate I found that I really liked physics and explaining how things worked. I wasn't even sure after undergraduate what exactly I wanted to do. I took a year off and decided to pursue a space physics as it combined my desire to build things and physics.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

Working on a diverse set of things from rockets to public talks and mentoring students! It is a great variety that I didn't realize could fit all into one job!

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

I love discovering new things and solving hard problems. There is such a sense of accomplishment! I look forward to talk with students and my colleagues about new projects and new data from the satellites!

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Stay curious! Follow what you are interested in and dedicate yourself to solving the hard problems in that area!

INSPO / FUN FACT

Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are right!

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