Monday, July 14, 2014

A Rocket Scientist grows up in Brooklyn (NY)



Dr. Aprille Ericsson: "From the ‘hood in Brooklyn, NY to the banks of the Charles River (Cambridge, MA) to the MECCA and political machinery of Washington, DC, follow my journey of being a Tom-girl growing up in the Bed-Stuy Projects with a budding interest in STEAM to becoming a Rocket Scientist for NASA. I will share the impact of watching men going to the moon and the multicultural Star Trek show; my days as jockette/baller (that is football, basketball and softball); the ah-ha moment of realizing what you want to be when you grow up, my failures and successes in the classroom; landing that first/second NASA job and the challenges and rewards of the NASA Job; figuring out what makes me happy and balancing life. Also I will impart the lessons learned from impactful mentors in my life and career."

Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson, Instrument Project Manager and Technologist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center