Of course I am focused on the aerobraking phase of the Mars Reconnassaince Orbiter (MRO)mission. But I'm also looking forward to the science generated by MRO: Subsurface radar; looking for water in all three forms; and the highest resolution images ever taken at Mars.
By the time I was in high school, I knew I wanted to design and develop systems to go to other planets. I wasn't exactly sure what I would do, but I felt my strong interest and success in math and science would lead me to that goal. Even when some people (teachers/guidance counselors) suggested I consider other careers, I felt that aerospace engineering was for me. By staying focused on this goal, studying and working hard, I am achieving it.
I enjoy playing softball (can you see the softball in the picture?). Also, as Christmas approaches, I become a maker of candies, cookies, and breads. I enjoy creating all sorts of homemade confections to give away during the Christmas season.