Chriselle's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Hawaii Roadtrip

CHRISELLE GALAPON

Assistant Thermal Systems Engineer
National Solar Observatory - Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope

“At the end of the day, it's all you. Who cares what other people think? You have to do what makes you happy.”

INTERESTS:

Engineering Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Societal Pressures Doubt Exploration Perseverance Struggle Family Values Confidence Hard Work Talent

FOUNDATION:

Building Things

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When she was in high school, she took place in competitions building bridges, small planes, and rockets.
  • But when she started at community college, she didn’t really know what she wanted to do with her life.
  • Her family really wanted her to go to medical school, but she just felt lost.
  • When she transferred into the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, she thought she wanted to go into mechanical engineering.
  • The program proved to be difficult, so she took a year off; the break made her realize how much she missed engineering.
  • After returning and graduating, she wanted to stay near her family, but was worried there weren’t many opportunities for engineers in Maui.
  • She joined the Akamai Workforce Initiative, a networking/mentoring program for Hawaii’s scientific and technical workforce.
  • Through Akamai, she was able to find a career on Maui, working on the construction of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.

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