One of the most attractive aspects of engineering is the fact that students of any major can collaborate to create anything imaginable; NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena is one of the best examples of this. The Society of Women Engineers paired with IEEE to tour the facilities. The tour began with an overview of the numerous satellites built, including Galileo (a satellite dedicated to study Jupiter and its moons) and Ulysses (a decommissioned probe meant to study the Sun). Then after a light tour of Mission Control and a cordial introduction to the Mars rover Curiosity, we were shown the facilities that determined and tested landing gear (fully equipped with seismic simulation and artificial terrain), as well as entire buildings dedicated to assembling the spacecraft in immense, temperature-controlled rooms. Along for the ride came the new SWE mascot, Queen B! Overall, the tour encompassed an evocative thesis on their mission: engineering as a whole is developing and expanding, and with every new project, new minds and perspectives are necessary. It was an incredible opportunity to tour such an esteemed organization, as well as a reminder to shoot for the stars and beyond!
Jayapriya Vengadesan (2017-2018)
Jayapriya is an undergraduate student studying bioengineering.
Cindy Yanez (2016-2017)