STEMinist Profile: Cindy Mahler, Aerospace Engineer at The Boeing Company

Cindy Mahler

Cindy Mahler

Aerospace Engineer at The Boeing Company

What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
The Challenger Accident. I was in fifth grade when the Challenger Accident occurred and was just learning about the space program and had joined my school’s Young Astronaut’s Program. The day of the Challenger launch I was home sick from school (and bummed I was missing watching the launch live at school since it was too common of a thing to air on national television). I vowed that day I would go up and finish their mission for them and I’ve never looked back.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
My first project out of college was to integrate the U.S. and Russian Astronaut training programs for the International Space Station’s Motion Control System. It was an incredible opportunity. I got to learn everything about the U.S. and Russian systems and work with a team to determine how to best teach the information to future space station crew members. From then on we taught the Motion Control System as an integrated system and not a U.S. or Russian only system. The project became a model that other Station Systems used to integrate their training programs.

Role models and heroes:
Captain Kirk

Advice for future STEMinists?
Follow your passion and dream big. Anything is possible.

Favorite website or app:
Angry Birds Space

Twitter: @txflygirl

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