Shonte Wright received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
She is a thermal systems engineer in the Thermal and Propulsion Engineering Section at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working on the Mars Exploration Rover. She is responsible for heater design and thermal testing, as well as tracking thermal resources and functional requirements. She also works as technical recruiter for the Mechanical Systems Engineering and Research Division, and is the founder of the JPL Thermal Tool User Group, which provides a forum for discussion on the uses and limitations of software tools used by thermal engineers.
Wright devotes her spare time to inspiring young students. She volunteers as an integration and test advisor to a local school for the FIRST Robotics competition, a NASA-sponsored nationwide robotics competition for high school students. In addition, she gives science-based presentations to elementary students in underserved communities, she mentors and tutors high school students in the Pasadena area. She also participates in other JPL outreach events for elementary and high school aged students.