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Center Snapshot - Loreyna Yeung
06.13.08
Loreyna Yeung.
Image above: Loreyna Yeung studied to become an engineer. After nine years at NASA Langley, she is an engineering supervisor. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith.


By: Denise Adams

Loreyna Yeung was born in Hong Kong and raised in Falls Church.

“Virginia is home sweet home to me, and I especially enjoy living by the ocean,” she says.

Still, Yeung embraces her heritage through her involvement as vice-president in the Organization of Chinese American – Eastern Virginia Chapter (OCA-EVC).

“Our organization brings knowledge and helpful resources to residents of Hampton Roads to build dialogue with legislators to conserve and protect the quality of life of Asian Americans,” Yeung said.

Her culture has helped to define her.

“Multiculturalism, and being the bridge between two great cultures, are what made me the person I am today,” Yeung said.

Her culture is not the only thing that Yeung is passionate about. Her family, friends and her job at NASA Langley are important to her.

“NASA in general -- and NASA Langley in particular -- continue to push the frontiers of science and technology. It is exciting to be a part of a history making organization,” Yeung said.

As an engineering supervisor for Alliant Techsystems, Inc. (ATK), Yeung is responsible for a group of engineers and analysts for nine different task orders under the TEAMS contract.

“I also provide software design, development and analysis support for Program to Optimized Simulated Trajectories (POST2) analysis tool,” she said. “This tool is used in support of current and future NASA exploration missions, such as Phoenix, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT)."

She takes pleasure in “knowing that the tools I support and the team I supervise play an integral part in space exploration.”

Yeung graduated from Old Dominion University and calls that one of her most memorable accomplishments. She hopes to return to earn her master’s degree.



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