Prior to graduate school, I worked for 3 years at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), developing and testing electronic systems for both the Psyche asteroid exploration mission and the Perseverance Mars Rover.
My work included conducting testing and debug of Mars Rover & Descent stage motor control hardware in a class 10000 cleanroom, serving as Board Integration & Test Deputy Lead for a team of 8 engineers, and designing electronic configurations and manufacturing plans for the Command & Data Handling system to observe the metal asteroid Psyche. While there, I received the JPL Discovery Award for my contributions.
However, in 2017, after a string of hurricanes battered the Caribbean, where my family lives, I found it impossible to focus on anything other than the millions left without power, without clean water, without a roof, without access to essential services. I made the decision to leave my career at NASA in pursuit of working on problems with more direct social impact.