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JPL engineer Elizabeth Real builds systems that allow engineers to create spacecraft trajectories

"High school was tough for me, but Mr. Ed Cheney not only helped and encouraged me to keep pursuing math as a potential career move, but also coached me in cross country and paved the way to where I am today."

JPL engineer Elizabeth Real builds systems that allow engineers to create spacecraft trajectories

May 16, 2018 | 10:33 a.m

Engineer Nathan Barba is developing new space mission concepts at JPL

"Thank you so much, Professor Chavez, for mentoring me and teaching me calculus. You have been an incredible supporter of mine and have been critical to my success. Keep inspiring!"

Engineer Nathan Barba is developing new space mission concepts at JPL

May 16, 2018 | 10:32 a.m

Emily Seto works in planetary protection at JPL

"Mr. Lechner, thank you for being such a positive influence and an enthusiastic teacher! Definitely influenced me at a young age."

Emily Seto works in planetary protection at JPL

May 16, 2018 | 10:32 a.m

Abbey Nastan is a systems engineer who connects people with JPL projects and NASA data

"Ms. Acheson, thank you for going beyond the curriculum to encourage my interest in Earth science. You showed me that enthusiasm creates opportunities. I hope I’ve made you proud!"

Abbey Nastan is a systems engineer who connects people with JPL projects and NASA data

May 14, 2018 | 9:46 a.m

Emma Young helps plan what NASA's Curiosity rover does on Mars

"Thanks to Mrs. Gregory for teaching me how to analyze and make sense of complex works, communicate my ideas effectively, and write well. (English and literature classes are so important, even for engineers!) Thanks to Mr. Pohjola and Mr. McGregor, who patiently dedicated their time and encouraged my interests in science and engineering, even when I struggled to grasp difficult concepts and wanted to quit. You all inspired and equipped me to achieve my dream of becoming an aerospace engineer!"

Emma Young helps plan what NASA's Curiosity rover does on Mars

May 14, 2018 | 9:43 a.m

Lorena Ornelas-Estrada is a business administrator at JPL

"Mrs. Cheryn Allen went above and beyond to teach our 5th-grade class about science, specifically space. We did a lot of science projects and visited various space museums. It was on one of these field trips that my interest in space first began. I remember thinking to myself, 'I want to do this one day,' and here I am now."

Lorena Ornelas-Estrada is a business administrator at JPL

May 14, 2018 | 9:42 a.m

Julian Alexander leads a team that designs and builds scientific instruments for spacecraft

"Thank you, Mr. Junkunc. You, personally, had a singularly significant influence on my career path, and I am not surprised that your elementary school classroom environment had a broader, lasting impact with many generations of former students. I was glad to see the LA Times recognize the scope of your contributions, which included crediting you for starting the San Gabriel Unified School District's outdoor education program. Although these articles were written primarily in the context of outdoor education, your McKinley Elementary School classroom environment tangibly and emotionally connected us to various fields of scientific study, including the human impact on our natural environment (in Earth and space). Your guiding philosophy and teaching methods reflected the same values we see in our NASA/JPL communities today, and they also influenced the incremental, micro-level decisions that eventually shaped the path of my career."

Julian Alexander leads a team that designs and builds scientific instruments for spacecraft

May 10, 2018 | 2:20 p.m

JPL scientist Erika Podest studies global processes and the impacts of climate change on Earth

"I want to thank two very special teachers in Panama, Ms. Ileana Cotes from Colegio Brader and Ms. Lucia de Manfredo from the Instituto Nacional de Panama. I have worked with them on many outreach activities and I greatly admire their dedication to teaching students about our environment and encouraging them to dream big. They both inspire me and strengthen my own commitment to be involved in activities that inform students about our planet. Muchas gracias."

JPL scientist Erika Podest studies global processes and the impacts of climate change on Earth

May 10, 2018 | 2:07 p.m

JPL astronomer Varoujan Gorjian studies supermassive black holes and exoplanets

"My deepest thanks and appreciation to Ms. Sue Cook. She was the first American teacher I had after moving to the U.S., and she was a very caring and skilled 5th grade teacher. She made the transition to a new country and a new language much easier for me and the rest of the mostly newly emigrated class. She also got us to love American celebrations like Halloween and Thanksgiving with clever art projects and activities."

JPL astronomer Varoujan Gorjian studies supermassive black holes and exoplanets

May 10, 2018 | 2:06 p.m