My road in life has been direct.
In high school I took auto mechanics and my dad told me I should be an engineer.
I got a degree and worked for the Navy.
I left engineering while I had kids, started my own education business and got another degree.
I returned to engineering and began working in a professional capacity with STEM students.
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Senior Engineer / Analyst

I develop and validate simulations of complex systems to provide analysis of their performance.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Armed Services
Problem Solving

Day to Day

I primarily work at my desk connecting with my colleagues via audio / video connection. My work centers on developing simulations using systems engineering techniques so I develop system architecture diagrams and descriptions that are used to write simulations themselves. I also develop mathematical descriptions of physical phenomena to be used in simulations. So I write code, test the code and then send that to other developers to incorporate in their code base.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Solid basic education in mathematics and science particularly geometry, algebra and physics! Take any available engineering curriculum or activities—after school robotics, STEM academies, Project Lead the Way. And find a mentor—somebody you feel comfortable talking to and who is in a field that you find interesting. But remember, your options are still open! If you don't like the first thing you do, keep trying new things!

Recommended Education

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The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"When I left my first job my boss congratulated my on deciding to quit working and stay home to raise kids."

Challenges I Overcame

Gender Discrimination