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Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science Major
Student, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
I am currently a sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. In school, I take classes in programming and engineering design related to satellites, robots, airplanes, and rockets. On campus, I work in the Math Department helping professors organize their schedules and communicate with their students.
I am also an active member of my university's Society of Women Engineers and IEEE Chapters. I'm also currently helping to shape ERAU's Women in Engineering Institute for the female engineering students on campus. Outside of school I am an active member of NCWIT's Aspirations in Computing Community, I serve as a SHE++ Ambassador, and I'm on the Outreach Board for ProjectCSGirls. I have a passion for programming and engineering, and I can't wait to get out into the field!
Why would you recommend exploring careers in science and technology to other Latina girls?
I think that science and technology are the fields that are currently changing the world, and every girl should be a part of that. It doesn't matter whether or not it is a "girl's field" because it is our job to go out there and prove the guys wrong. STEM is where girls belong, and every girl out there can and will succeed in the field if it is where their passion lies.
Latinas shouldn't let barriers hold them back so they shy away from engineering and programming because it is an incredible field to be a part of. You get to think outside the box and push limits every single day. I enjoy going into the engineering lab and designing robot parts or sitting in front of my laptop and developing apps, and I know that other girls can do it too!