Did you know? Women make up only ¼ of workers in STEM-qualified industries and they made, on average, 20% less than men in STEM-qualified industries. And, less than 25% of students pursuing undergraduate engineering degrees are women.
27-year-old Kristine Davis graduated with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University in 2015 and participated in four internships with NASA during her undergraduate education. Today, she works for NASA full time in Houston, Texas designing space suits!
She’s currently working on space suit design components for two upcoming missions - one to the Moon by 2024, and the other to Mars! Her work includes designing a space suit for the first woman astronaut to go to the moon. Her primary focus is to develop hardware that astronauts use on their spacesuit, such as the pressure garment system - the pressurized portion of the spacesuit, as well as working on components for the helmet and the visor - which is the ‘sunglasses’ element of the spacesuit, in addition to the waist/hip assembly.
Kristine remembers being a kid in the wide open spaces of Kansas, staring up at the sky and dreaming about the stars. Now, she works for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration designing spacesuits that will be going to the moon and to Mars! If you can dream it, you can do it. So for all the little girls out there looking up at the sky and dreaming of the stars, let Kristine inspire you to chase your dreams!
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