As a 9th grader, I had my first aerospace class. In this class we built airplanes out of balsa wood, and had competitions to see whose could fly the farthest. We also built and launched our own rockets. When the time came to pick a major in college, Aerospace Engineering seemed like the perfect choice. While going to college I was an Academic Part-Time at JPL. After graduation, I was hired into the Navigation and Mission Design Section.