Carolyn Parcheta

Carolyn Parcheta

Postdoctoral Fellow


NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Pasadena, CA USA


If there’s something that you want to do all the time, you’ll find a way to make a living out of it.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Has loved volcanoes since she was a young child; even won an elementary-school science fair with a volcano she’d built.
Even as she got older, every time she saw a TV show or a magazine article about volcanoes, she was interested.
When she was in high school, everyone started saying, “Follow your dreams,” so she thought, “Why not?”
Spent five years on Hawaii doing research for her Ph.D. in physical volcanology.
Says that getting your Ph.D. proves to people that you can think independently, you can learn on the fly, and you can solve problems.
While she was in Hawaii, she watched lava rising out of a crack in the ground and became obsessed with the question, “What’s down there? What’s below that crack?”
From those initial questions, she was able to present the scientific benefits of knowing what was inside of volcanoes to NASA, who decided to fund her project.
Taught herself everything she needed to know about coding and robotics by asking “almost 100 questions a day” and taking online classes on her own time.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Geology/Earth Science, General
University of Hawaii at Manoa
graduate
Graduate
Geophysics and Seismology
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Career

Career

Postdoctoral Fellow

I design robots to accurately document, map, and measure the structure and geometry of volcanic vents.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Environment & Nature
Technology
Technology
Building Things
Building Things