What would you say are the key characteristics of someone who does your job?
"Creative, curious, and patient."
What’s the one thing about your office which most love or hate?
“Love: Tackling something new every day and problem solving."
"Hate: All the paperwork that comes with managing projects."
And is there anything you could not live without in your office?
"I cannot live without “Google”- there are so many unknowns and challenges that I have to solve on a daily basis and that requires hours of research!"
What’s been the best moment working in your office?
"I was in the middle of eating lunch when I received a phone call from NASA headquarters and they had called to congratulate me for winning a competitive NASA research grant. Not only was I competing with senior experts in my group, but also with other astrobiology researchers from different NASA centers.
"Working in a competitive space with many established researchers has been extremely intimidating. However this accomplishment proved that my hard work and persistence has paid off!"
And the toughest?
“A tough day would be when experiments are not going as planned. This would delay scheduling and ultimately impact the flight project work. To mitigate this, I always plan ahead to ensure that there is enough time or buffer to work towards a solution."
Do you have one piece of advice for someone who wants to work in an office like yours?
"Stay humble and be ready to learn something new every day. At JPL, we are usually assigned to multiple projects and each project has a set of expectations. Being able to adapt is the key to success!"
And finally, how do you take your tea?
"I’d prefer a green smoothie!"