I was always really interested in science when I was young, simply because of the challenge of it. It never really came easy for me, which is why I think I stuck with it—I wanted to figure it out. My interest in space, however, is pretty new. I came to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory with no space science background or aspirations of working for NASA. It really is just the same feeling I had as a kid, however, except that now I’m surrounded by thousands of like-minded people. The way I explain it is that I’m a nerd first and a scientist second. What better place to work?