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What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

Currently, I am training to become a flight controller. This requires learning all about the ISS external thermal system (space is really hot when you’re directly in the sun, and really cold when you’re not) and the electrical system that uses power generated by solar arrays to provide power to the Station’s crew and science projects. Eventually, you can catch me on NASA TV working in Mission Control. 

How did your experience at CMU prepare you for your career?

The hands-on nature of the engineering program at Colorado Mesa University really helped me learn how to be a part of a team while working to solve problems.

What was your transition like from being a student to your current career position? 

The transition was smooth. A large portion of flight controllers are hired on newly graduated, so having such a large group of people who have recently gone through the same thing helped.

What do you think set you apart from the other applicants for your current position?

Internships and projects I worked on while still in college provided me with the basic set of skills NASA is looking for in new hires. 

What advice would you give to incoming college students?

Finding a major (and ultimately a career) you’re passionate about makes those 8 AM lectures and all-nighters easier to power through.