William Lopez-Cordero studies aerospace engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He interned at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the summer of 2014, developing new software architecture to model spacecraft operations.

I was in middle school when I first came to JPL. I saw all the wonderful spacecraft models like Voyager and Cassini. I was inspired by these achievements.

But what inspired me the most was seeing the Curiosity Mars Rover being built in the clean room. I knew that one day I want to work at JPL. And interning at JPL is a first step to becoming a full-time employee here. JPL is what has inspired me to become an aerospace engineer.

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