Engineer, Southern Engineering Services
Physics teacher, Cherokee County Schools in Georgia
What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
I loved my high school physics class and knew that I wanted to study this subject more. Also, while I was in high school, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident occurred, and I began to read a lot about the science behind the accident. This accident actually inspired to pursue a career in nuclear engineering because I believed that nuclear was a great alternative to fossil fuels, and we needed dedicated people to make it a safe alternative for power generation.
What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
My first place of employment was at the Savannah River Site, a government nuclear production and research facility. I had the opportunity to work with a team to develop a six-legged robot that moved like an insect. The robot was designed to go into areas unsafe for humans and the insect-like legs made the robot very agile, able to transverse uneven terrain, and capable of lifting objects many times its body weight.
Marie Curie, Sally Ride.
Why do you love working in STEM?
Technology is constantly evolving, and there’s something new to learn every day.
Advice for future STEMinists?
I would give them the same advice Christopher Robin gave to Pooh, “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”