Sarah Rodriguez Castillo
Materials Engineer, European Space Agency
Do not try to change your personality in order to fit [in].
WHAT DO YOU DO?
We ensure that the materials that will be flown into space are fit for purpose and adequate to the environments they will suffer, whether it is radiation, high/low temperature, atomic oxygen etc.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
Space is a fascinating field to many people, and there are many ways to contribute. I always liked to know why things happened, so studying science/physics was a clear path for me. Then I managed to obtain a traineeship in ESA and it confirmed that this is the field on which I'd like to pursue my career!
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
Traineeships opportunities in european organizations. They are not advertised enough.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I love working with several people to solve problems, and being able to reach a solution to an issue that otherwise would jeopardize the whole mission or project
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Do not try to change your personality in order to fit a "man's world". Behaviour traits more commonly found in women, such as empathy, compassion, patience, and so on, are more valuable in a team than they are given credit for. Eventually, keeping an sensitive behaviour will take you very far.
INSPO / FUN FACT
Better three hours too soon than one minute too late.