What is most interesting about your role here at Goddard?
I work in the Advanced Manufacturing Branch (Code 547) with several teams of interns. I am working on a couple of different projects this summer, so I’m doing different things every day. For example, I assist the Robotic Boot Camp in scheduling floor time in the shop and helping them design and prepare their robots. I also work with a team of interns in configuring an experimental testing and eletrohydrodynamic cooling loop to be used during a parabolic test flight. It has really been exciting so far!
Who is the most interesting, inspiring, or amazing person you have met or worked with at Goddard?
I can’t pick just one because I have met several inspiring people here at Goddard over the three summers during which I have been here. Andrea Schweiss, my mentor from my first summer here, is one of the inspiring people I have met. She has taught me so many things. The fact that she is a successful woman in the field in which I would like to eventually work means a lot to me. She commands attention, but she is also a great team player and a great person too. Her perspective has been invaluable to me and I am really grateful to her for having taught me so much.
|Photo of Christine Redmond in Utah with the Mars Society. Credit: C. Redmond|
Christine Redmond working for Habitat for Humanity. Credit: C. Redmond
What lessons or words of wisdom would you pass along to somebody just starting their internship or coop at Goddard?
If someone offers you an opportunity, take it. But don’t wait for them to find you; go out and ask what you can do. People here are always willing to tell you about what they are working on, so soak in everything you can. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. It will help you grow.
What are your hobbies outside of the workplace?
I am a jazz drummer. I performed in an international band that toured Europe three summers ago. I also performed in musical productions at my school as well as in various community bands. In addition, as a member of my college’s Christian Campus Fellowship, I helped build houses in Kentucky with Habitat for Humanity.
Is there something surprising about you?
Most people don’t know that I have a twin. Another thing that I like telling people is that I am actually a distant cousin to Mark Hamill, the actor who played Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars film series. I think it is pretty fitting since I work here at NASA.