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Meet a NASA Glenn Employee: Kimala Laster
March 8, 2011

Thousands of talented, dedicated and passionate people work at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. They are rocket scientists and engineers. They are researchers and physicists and chemists. They are aviation specialists, public affairs officers, administrative assistants, security officers, logistics managers and more. With countless specializations in myriad fields, the people of Glenn share one goal: working for the public in support of NASA's mission.

The diverse Glenn workforce is comprised of civil servants and on-site support contractors. Workers perform a large variety of different jobs at NASA Glenn. "My Job at NASA Glenn" is a series that introduces some of these workers. Learn about different employees and the interesting jobs they perform, and how their education prepared them to make unique and important contributions to NASA.

Kimala Laster

Job Title:

Engineering Technician
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What that means:
I use the applications of math and science to assist engineers in solving technical issues in research and development.

What I do:
I fabricate Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) using vacuum technology. This includes preparing and conducting research experiments, collecting data, calculating and recording results.

The coolest / most interesting part of my job is:
I mentor high school students, and I learn something new every day.

My favorite project that I have worked, or that I am working on, is:
I enjoy fabricating High Temperature Electronics for Harsh Environments using silicon carbide substrates. To me, the most exciting project is one that actually works. In other words, the project is planned and design techniques are developed. We bring this plan to life and it works!

The accomplishment that I am most proud of is:
I am proud of working at NASA, and of helping others achieve some of their educational and career goals.

A Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education helped me by:
My education has provided me with the opportunity to work at NASA through a co-op program offered through Cuyahoga County Community College. I am pursuing my bachelor's degree in Science (Electrical Engineering) and raising two wonderful children.

Good advice for students, including STEM students, is:
Don't give up on your dreams. Get involved in networking. Express your desires to others. Do your very best. Hard work and honesty go a long way.


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