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Anup Engineer
Anup Engineer portrait Anup Engineer. Image Credit: NASA.
  1. Which NASA program did you participate in prior to the Ambassadors Program and what was your major project for that program?

    NASA Co-Op Program & NASA Academy — New Business Process Development for NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

  2. What are you majoring in and what college are you attending?

    Environmental Technology and Business Administration at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.

  3. What are your career goals? Are they with NASA?

    Broadly, my career goals are to make the world a more accepting and liberal place and to provide future generations with opportunities to succeed in life. I could definitely accomplish this through working at NASA, but over my college career, I have become more interested in federal policy making as a whole. My short-term career goal is to apply to and serve in the United States Navy.

  4. Why did you choose to be a NASA Ambassador?

    The Ambassador program is another great way to give back to the NASA community. For me, NASA was a great launching point for my interest in public service and it feels good to help other students with similar interests.

  5. What are your future goals in the Ambassador Program and what are you looking forward to in the program?

    I hope that I am able to mentor and help more students through the Ambassador program in the future.

  6. How has interning and being an ambassador at NASA helped you?

    I consider myself truly lucky that Lynda Glover and the rest of the cooperative education team picked me to be in the program; it was my first true job and everything I have done since could not have been accomplished without that first opportunity. I spent a total of one and a quarter years interning at NASA and the people that I have met and the experiences that I have had in my time with the agency have had an enormous impact on my life; they have surely played a large role in shaping who I am today.

  7. What advice would you give to aspiring students who want to participate in the many opportunities NASA offers?

    Don't settle; work hard and be open to new experiences. NASA is a great federal agency with a lot of dedicated and truly caring people — you can learn a lot from doing an internship at the agency.

  8. What have you experienced at NASA that stood out to you the most?

    My mentor and boss, Dr. Joe Shaw, and the rest of the Business Development and Partnership Office at NASA Glenn have had a tremendous influence on me. I am thankful for the opportunity I had to work with, ask questions, and learn from my great co-workers.

  9. How are you going to motivate students to pursue a career related to STEM? What motivated you?

    I've always felt that knowledge in a STEM discipline can help you in a wide set of careers, even in professions that don't seemingly require a prerequisite knowledge of a STEM degree — like business or public policy. I never imagined myself in the role of a scientific researcher or other hard-STEM profession, but the knowledge I have gained from my STEM coursework has been invaluable in helping me perform in my internships and jobs, which have been mostly composed of business and policy related posts.

-Reported and edited by Tori Woods, SGT Inc.
NASA's Glenn Research Center