EXPERIENCE

about

mOOGEGA

SCIENTIST | PUBLIC SPEAKER GLOBETROTTER

EXPERIENCE
2011-Present

Planetary Protection Engineer

JET PROPULSION LABORATORY

Pasadena, California

  • Involved in several missions, to include Mars 2020, InSight and Mars Science Laboratory Mission

2010-2011

Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar

California Institute of Technology, JET PROPULSION LABORATORY

Pasadena, California

  • Studied Cleanroom microbial populations and sample collection techniques

  • Design and development of instruments germane to planetary protection

2006-2009

Graduate Student Research Scientist

DREXEL PLASMA INSTITUTE

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Develop an understanding of the sterilization efficacy of plasma on varying spacecraft materials through methods to include standard plate count, PCR, and fluorescent techniques.

EDUCATION
2008 - 2010

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics

DREXEL UNIVERSITY

Dissertation: Surface Disinfection of Spacecraft Materials from Extremophile Microorganisms by Non-Thermal Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas

2006 - 2008

Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering

DREXEL UNIVERSITY

2002 - 2006

Bachelors of Science, Physics

Minor in  Space, Earth, and Atmospheric Sci.

HAMPTON UNIVERSITY

Hampton University Honors College, Summa Cum Laude

HOBBIES

TRIATHLONS

I train with GIVE-STRENGTH  to keep me energized physically.

I was able to complete my first ever triathlon with the support from Cal-Tri, an excellent organization for anyone interested in Triathlons (beginner to seasoned triathletes!)

PUBLIC SPEAKING

I love sharing my experiences with the world!

Public Speaking reminds me to keep the spark of STTEAM alive.

JEWELRY MAKING

I love finding unique and beautiful stones.

Sometimes, I make jewelry from these stones.

Once in a while, I give them as gifts.