Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Arkansas and New Jersey.
What was your favorite subject in school?
Math and science
Did you have a favorite teacher?
Mr. Robinson because he had faith in me. It is very important at a young age to feel that you can accomplish things. It is also important to know that if you work hard, eventually it will pay off.
What do you do?
I am an engineer. Engineers solve the technical problems of the world. Engineers design and work on things like airplanes, buildings, computers, Space Shuttles…you name it. Here at Hamilton Standard, I work on the space suit. I work with a team. I am responsible for building parts of the space suit to send to NASA. Have you ever built a house with building blocks or Legos™? Didn’t you feel great when you finished? Well, if you did feel great, that’s how I feel when the parts I build for the space suits are finished. I mainly work on the Primary Life Support Subsystem (PLSS) hardware. This is the thing that looks like a big plastic backpack. The astronaut wears it on his or her back. It controls the astronauts’ breathing, temperature control and communications.
When I was a student…
I used to wonder how things like buildings, airplanes, and toys were made. I loved math and science in school. I knew that I wanted to be in a job that allowed me to use the math and science that I learned in school. I thought to myself that I could be a doctor, a chemist, an engineer or anything I wanted. If you like to solve problems, you can be an engineer, too.
When I got older…
I went to science programs in the summer and the school year during my junior high and high school days. I finally decided that I wanted to be an engineer in 11th grade. I went to college for Mechanical Engineering. Mechanical Engineering deals with explaining motion and forces. It was fun to study! You get to study things like Physics, Chemistry and Calculus which is all fun!
Now, I have a really cool job…
It is fun to build hardware and send it to NASA. I just think that I make a difference in the space program. I help the astronauts go into space. I make sure that their space suits are in good condition for them to do work in space. Now, that is cool! I want to tell all you kids that the sky is the limit. If you set your mind to do something, you can do it! Remember, work hard, have fun and also respect your teachers, parents and elders.
What are your hobbies?
Fencing, singing, reading
Who is your hero?
My grandmother, Bessie Jackson, and my aunt, Reber Jackson