September 8, 2007Her job: Northrup Grumman
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
B.S. in computer engineering, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts; M.S. in computer engineering, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.
What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
My team makes a real difference, because if we don’t design our test equipment and software adequately, there could be a hardware failure after a satellite has been launched into space. At that point, it becomes very expensive or even impossible to correct problems.
What do you like best about being an engineer?
I love the creativity that’s involved, and the satisfaction that comes when you actually make something work.
Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
It’s fun to see systems that I've been working on featured in the news. One example is the James Webb Space Telescope, which will allow astronomers to learn more about the formation of the early universe after the Big Bang.