I am still working at LASP, and I am working toward a five-year, concurrent bachelor/master’s degree in aerospace engineering. Even though this is my fourth year at CU-Boulder, I am now considered a graduate student because of the number of credits that I have. Because of that, LASP is paying my tuition, I got a raise, and I have had the opportunity to take on a new leadership role. I am now helping with the development of operations, rather than just doing operations.
I am responsible for the Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) project
, which will use Earth’s magnetosphere as a laboratory to study magnetic reconnection - a process potentially responsible for physical phenomena such as the auroras and solar flares. MMS has four spacecraft with 13 instruments each. I am in charge of all of these instruments, analyzing them and looking at how they interact. It is my job to make sure that everything goes as planned. I am also preparing for a launch next March and am hoping that I get to go to Florida for it. The leadership of MMS was more than I anticipated, but it has been really cool to be given the responsibility and to get to perform at such a high level.