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Nasreen Peer is a researcher, lecturer and a small-business owner. Clearly a woman who wears many hats. Peer currently lectures at Stellenbosch University, where she also carries out her research. Her work focuses on the biological and ecological study of coastal habitats, specifically the mangrove and rocky shore ecosystems. A few years ago, Peer realised the importance of listening to one’s emotions or ‘gut...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? Hi! My name is Heloise, and I am an Astrophysicist! I currently work at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and I study supernovae, as well as black-hole and neutron star mergers. 2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do? I didn’t always want to be an astrophysicist for the simple reason...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? I'm Julia, and I am a space roboticist who also loves art and science communication. I’m a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow and this summer I am at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where I work on making cool sensors for even cooler robots. My current project at NASA is with an origami-inspired robot called PUFFER. Outside of that, you can find me at Stanford...
With a high school background in mathematics and science, Tshireletso Kgabi’s interest in engineering occurred rather naturally; “I have always loved the challenge of being in a constant state of learning and critical thinking which develops an enquiring mind to solve technical and scientific problems. This developed my sense to understand and contribute to engineering issues,” Kgabi elaborates. She completed her...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? My name is Marjorie Abdelkrime, professionally my title is Chief of Staff, that means I lead all execution of vision and strategy for the organization I work for, the Solution Engineering Org at VMware. Personally I am an ally and advocate for equality and equity in the workplace. 2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? My name is Ileana Crudu, and I have always been a fan of STEAM. I am the ambassador of a project called GirlsGoIT, where we empower girls in and through technology.  2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do? I grew up in a post-soviet country. Back in early 2000, my older sister had a computer,...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? My name is Bianca Vasquez. I am a college student, currently an intern for Virgin Orbit, & the founder of an international organization, Society of Women in Space Exploration (SWISE). 2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do? I always had an interest in space, but never saw it as a career...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? Hi! I’m Molly Janasik and I am a physics major at Michigan State University. I am about to start my sixth and final year and I hope to pursue aerospace engineering upon graduating. I keep busy with my three jobs, full school schedule, dance team, and new school club- the MSU chapter of the Society of Women in Space Exploration. 2. How did you arrive at this career (or...
Shilpa Rumjeet is research administrator at the Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research (CeBER), at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where she is responsible for the coordination of various projects. Her main project focuses on wastewater generated by biorefineries and the value-added products that can be created from this wastewater if processed appropriately such as biofuels and clean water. She is also involved in many side...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? I’m Jasmine Greenaway, and I write code, and teach others how to do it too through speaking, workshops, and small projects! Right now I do those two things (plus a little more) as a Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. I also teach beginning web development at a local college, and co-organize a local meetup called BrooklynJS. 2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? Hi! I’m Claudia, I have a PhD in astrophysics, and I’m a science communicator. My job is doing my best to let people know what science is about and what are the latest results in many different fields, make them believe in themselves, and that they can be scientists too if they want to! 2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it...
Initially, Mosomtai wanted to be a doctor and in high school, she started calling herself Dr. Gladys. However after the late Prof. Wangari Maathai won the Nobel prize for her work in protecting the environment, Mosomtai developed an interest in environmental studies and joined Kenyatta University to pursue a degree in Environmental Planning and Management. She developed a particular interest in the use of space technology to solve...