Growing up in Hilo I attended Ellison Onizuka Science Day practically every year, collecting “space swag” from the exhibits and classroom discussions. With my eye on the sky, I vowed to pursue a career involved in contributing to humanity’s collective knowledge of the universe.
Eventually, I graduated from the University of Hawaii Manoa’s engineering program, ready to pursue my dreams and conquer my final obstacle: finding a job. Looking to stay in Hawaii, my options came down to construction or military-related work. However my space-oriented career goals led me to applying for jobs on the mainland, and accepting that my dreams might never come true in Hawaii … until I got a call.Read more here