Ilse Alcantara
Place Of Birth
El Paso, TX
Family heritage
Mexico
Bio
I currently work at the NASA White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, NM as a materials test engineer. Here at NASA I get to help test materials and qualify them for use in aerospace applications. As we all know, the environment in space is very different from the environment on earth, so we have to test materials to see if they can be used in space. We do this to help ensure that our astronauts are safe and the mission is successful.
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Test Engineer
Why would you recommend exploring careers in science and technology to other Latina girls?
Science and technology are such interesting careers that can be rewarding in many ways. They allow you to take what you learn in school and apply it to real-world problems. By using your creativity and knowledge you can make a difference in this world and even discover things that we have never known. Latinas are a perfect match for these fields because we are strong individuals who won't let a challenge scare us away.

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