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USACE Civil Engineer Franchelle Craft

Who inspired you? "During a high school trip to Prairie View A&M University, I remember one of the professors speaking about the lack of minority women in engineering and the struggles of working in the career field. From that experience, I was inspired to take on the challenge of becoming an engineer – a driving factor that motivates me to encourage younger minorities to choose engineering as a field of study." 

Profession: Civil engineer for the USACE Galveston District, Houston Resident Office.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Prairie View A&M University (2006) and a master’s degree in Engineering Management, Missouri  University of Science and Technology (2012).

Actress Mayim Bialik, Ph.D.

Who inspired you? “I had an incredible biology tutor when I was working on ‘Blossom’ as a teenager. She was a dental student at the time and is now a surgeon. She was so passionate and in love with the world of science and she was incredibly supportive and made me believe I could be a scientist too. Before then, I thought that science and math was just for boys because it was hard for me and I thought because it was hard that meant I wasn’t good at it. She took the time to teach me in a way that I could really grasp the information and love it. She gave me the skill set and the confidence to pursue a degree in neuroscience and eventually a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Now I work with Texas Instruments as an advocate for STEM education and it’s the way I give back to the amazing woman who inspired me.”

Profession: Actress, "The Big Bang Theory" & "Blossom"

Education: Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Hebrew & Jewish Studies, University of California Los Angeles (2000); Ph.D. in Neuroscience, UCLA (2007).

NASA Contract Specialist Julie A. Rivera Perez

Who Inspired You? 

“As a business student, I never dreamt I would have the opportunity to find a career that supported STEM. My parents always taught me that the sky was the limit, and if I willed it, I would accomplish anything. When I was offered an internship at NASA in 2008, I didn’t think twice. My life completely changed forever. Today, I work as a contract specialist supporting the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) Project, and I love it!”

Profession: Contract specialist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Education: A bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in human resources and a minor in marketing, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus (2010).

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