Rosa Obregon

Rosa Obregon

Mechanical Test Operations Engineer


NASA, Stennis Space Center

Gulfport, MS USA


There will always be doubts, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop. Don’t stop; keep fighting for it.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
She is from Corpus Christi, TX. Her family emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico before she was born.
When they would go back to visit relatives in Mexico, they would drive through country roads at night and she was always fascinated by the amount of stars she could see.
In school, she always liked her math and science classes; she combined them with her love of space and decided to pursue aerospace engineering.
She got into MIT before she was 18, but in her family, cultural norms dictated that she shouldn’t leave the house until she was an adult.
She realized she had to do what was best for her future, so she followed her dream and left for MIT anyways.
While at MIT, she studied aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical engineering, with a concentration in theater arts.
After college, she was offered a position at NASA; says that knowing she’s contributing to the progress of space exploration makes her job a dream come true.
In 2005, she was named one of the “Top 10 Women of the Year” by Latina magazine.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
University of Southern Mississippi

Career

Mechanical Test Operations Engineer

I am a lead mechanical engineer at NASA testing rockets for launch.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Science
Building Things

Day to Day

My day typically starts with our team being contacted by a customer who wants to test their component(s) or the full-scale engine. From there, they give us a particular set of requirements to look out for and test like pressure, propellants, etc. We then contact the design end of our team to develop a test area at our facility that can accommodate the requirements. I participate in design reviews and prepare documentation. In the activation phase, we physically test the component or engine.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You need to have a strong interest in science and math otherwise pursuing this career will be challenging.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Figure out what path you want to take to get here. People take many routes in order to get to NASA. Some were in the military, some go to community college first, etc. Find the path that works for you and your unique situation and follow it.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You can't move out, you aren't married! "

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant