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Shujaat Ahmed: NASA Student Ambassador

14 Mar 2012, 15:44 UTC
Shujaat Ahmed: NASA Student Ambassador
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NASA recently accepted its fourth cohort of Student Ambassadors. These exceptional individuals engage their fellow undergraduate and graduate students in NASA science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as participate in research and immersion opportunities. They collaborate with and inspire their peers, make professional connections and represent NASA to the public. We have invited some of them to share their stories here. This week, Shujaat Ahmed, from the industrial/organizational psychology program at Illinois Institute of Technology, describes her NASA experience.
When people think of NASA, they usually think of engineers or scientists. Truth be told, there are other areas within NASA such as human capital that also support the mission. Having said that, I think it is important to point out some of the work these lesser-known areas do and the contributions that are made to the exploration mission. I would like to start by highlighting some of my experiences and why it is helpful to NASA.
To start off, I initially became involved in NASA after a friend who was majoring in computer science told me he was interning at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory during the summer of 2008. Since then, I realized NASA did have an ...

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