I grew up in the relatively small town of Tooele, UT, where most people had local dreams and aspirations. I knew I wanted to be in the space industry since I was a very small child, and therefore pursued degrees in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in aerospace engineering, earning both a B.S. and an M.S. from Utah State University. Since my last graduation in 1999, I have been employed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working on various Mars missions, which is a dream come true!