Nicole Swatton

NASA Photovoltaic Device Intern (Glenn Research Center)

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Do not doubt yourself.

What do you do?

I work on research for electrodynamic dust shields for future solar applications.

Why did you choose this field?

I chose electrical engineering because I wanted to understand how energy works. I believe the more I understand how energy currently works, the more I will be able to revolutionize it in the future utilizing solar/renewable energy resources.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

The achievement I wish younger me would have seen was securing my internship at NASA. I never thought that in my wildest dreams I would have been able to accomplish this at such a young age.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I wake up looking forward to bettering the future and solving problems. I want to help the world switch to a renewable energy grid.

Best advice for next generation?

Do not doubt yourself. We often think that we are not smart enough, or good enough at math, and make excuses as to why we would fail at certain careers. Test scores don't define you as an engineer and comments from others don't either. You will learn to find your own pride and confidence, and each comment will mean less and less to you.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” – Arianna Huffington

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