I grew up as an Air Force brat, moving all over the country and living in Spain for 3 years when I was very young. I spent my high school years in Woodbridge, VA (a suburb of Washington, DC). As an undergraduate at Purdue University, I joined the Cooperative Education (co-op) program. I spent the next 3 years going back and forth every other semester between school and the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. I had the pleasure of working on a variety of projects including Space Shuttle trajectory operations, Space Station mechanisms and maintenance operations, Mars mission design and architecture (for both human and robotic missions), and X-38 (Crew Return Vehicle) development.
After receiving my bachelor's degree, I began graduate school. My research specialty was in interplanetary trajectory design, with an emphasis on low-thrust trajectories.
I spent my college years (including grad school) heavily involved in the Purdue Bands Dept. playing both flute and piccolo. I did everything from the All-American Marching Band, both the men's and women's basketball team bands, concert bands, and orchestra.
When I finished my master's degree, I came to work at JPL. I got married (to a wonderful man named Matt) and now have 2 cats!