valerie  avila
Profiles of STEM in ACTION
april  12, 2011                
little theatre, lowell high schoolhttp://lhs.lowell.k12.ma.us/Pages/Default.aspxshapeimage_3_link_0
   Meet a rocket scientist  !
 
About valerie
Education: Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering (Tufts Univ.) & Masters in Systems Engineering (Loyola Marymount University) 
Work: Works for Draper Lab. Working in the Navy Trident missile program.
Favorite book: A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens 
Favorite movie: The Professional
 Favorite quote: The ultimate responsibility of a leader is to facilitate other people’s development as well as his own.”  --Fred Pryor
,  HOBBIES & Interests
Involved in MAES: A society of Latino Engineers and Scientists
Community outreach, Mexican American history, yoga, white water rafting
Encouraging youth to pursue their dreams 
Holding onto rocket scientist status!
 

Valerie's work experience at Draper Lab involves managing people and projects for testing and test equipment. Charles Stark Draper Laboratory is a non-profit engineering research and development laboratory with an expertise in guidance, navigation, and control systems; plus capabilities in space systems, biomedical engineering, and energy solutions.

She believes a successful career in engineering and science is never giving up and being hungry for more and being better.

Her success comes from the encouragement of good mentors and the motivation to keep progressing and learning. Valerie joined the Air Force after college and became an acquisition officer and later became part of the space cadre. In 2005, she began work on the Titan IV rocket vehicle and became a rocket scientist !

Her Story....

Draper Labshttp://www.draper.comhttp://www.draper.comshapeimage_7_link_0shapeimage_7_link_1
systems engineerhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systems_engineeringhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systems_engineeringshapeimage_8_link_0shapeimage_8_link_1
Mechanical engineerhttp://www.tryengineering.org/become.php?major=Mechanical+Engineeringshapeimage_9_link_0