Saturday, July 23, 2005

An update on ME! :)

First I want to thank all the people who have been sending such supporting messages to me on my blog. I truly appreciate it. It only inspires me and keeps me motivated even more to reach my goal.

I know I have only been uploading pictures lately and not documenting what I am doing or really how I got here. If you go back to my very first blog, you can see a little "intro" on me.

As stated in my first posting, I graduated from Texas A&M University in May with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Since I was young I would just sit in front of the TV and watch the NASA channel. There would be no sound. I would just watch the world turn and the astronauts up in space. It was great.

While I was in college I worked for The Spacecraft Technology Center. I was hired in as a student-worker to work on some computer networking tasks. Although not related to my major, I wanted to get my feet in the door, and I did. Working there really helped open doors. I was involved in a reduced gravity project for about two years. You totally have to check out the site: http://kc-135.tamu.edu/pmc/. I also had the chance to work with a payload called StarNav 1 that was onboard Columbia (STS-107). I really enjoyed that because the team was able to sit at the console for the entire duration of the mission. On the headsets in mission control we could hear when they would wake the astronauts up with music; Oh it was so inspiring.

So currently I work for Boeing out at KSC. I also was an intern for two terms working in the Structural Integrity group for the ISS in Houston, TX. So one day I saw there was a position open at KSC, and well.. here I am.

I was hired into the Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) group as a Aerothermal Engineer. Its great because most of the courses I concentrated on in college were Structures related. Its always good to explore different areas and fields.

Right now I am studying for the GRE and the FE; Getting ready for GRAD SCHOOL. I have applied and sent all my paperwork to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. I would like to get a masters in Aerospace Science specializing in Human Factors. I want to give the hard engineering a little break, but I am sure after that degree I will go back and get another masters in engineering.

Ok.. I will write more on Monday and upload a couple more pictures. There are some more cool ones, but I left them on my work computer. Sorry if this post is extremely long, but I did get some comments that I am not writing enough about me and what I'm doing. Hope this helps a little :) Bye!

54 comments:

Wanda Tucker said...

I love it that you are following your dream! Wouldn't the world be a better place if we were all encouraged to do what we love and love what we do?

You GO!

best wishes,
Wanda Tucker

Monica said...

I adored your spirit...Keep it up girl...

Barry "iPod" Johnson said...

Hi Damaris!

I just found your blog today and I have you linked on my own "From The Earth To The Moon."

http://apolloera.blogspot.com/

Good luck in all your endeavors.

- Barry.

Chris said...

I hope your dreams come true. I was once stationed @ VT86 in Pensacola, Fl w/Laurel Clark (died onboard Columbia)she was an Officer and I was Enlisted. She was our Flight Surgeon, and I would go see her when I had medical problems. She was always excited when I would ask her about going into space, and that was some 7 years before she actually had the chance to go. We weren't friends because as I said she was an Officer and I was Enlisted. However, she was alwyas a nice to me. It was heartbreaking to see someone you know die like that. However, I know she would want the Shuttle program to go forward. Go to my blog on the day the Shuttle lifts off because I will make a comment about it.

http://dodger70.blogspot.com/

JMB said...

I have always been interested in NASA and with the idea of going into space. Your blog is like a dream come true!!
I wish you all the best and good luck in your quest to the final frontier.

Jason Bower

legerdemon said...

I really love your blog. It takes guts to go head on towards your dreams. If you ever want to trade links, just use the e-mail address in my profile.

Justin said...

You have quite an interesting weblog. One of my childhood dreams was to become a test-pilot/astronaut, but my poor eyesight ensures that I'll be staying on the ground for a long time. Now I'm on the path to becoming a lowly nuclear fusion researcher, in hope that my efforts will one day contribute to the development of a nuclear fusion space propulsion system.

I can't give you any words of wisdom or advice on how to succeed in reaching your goals because I'm about to enter my sophomore year as a Physics major, so by definition, I know nothing. But I do wish you good luck, and I hope you do succeed in reaching your goals.

Blazemonger said...

Hello,

Nice to see your dreams coming true and you're not selling out!
Thast's great. I have similar dreams like many others, I just don't know where to start.
(I have a mild case of autism) which maybe a bit of lightworking could help maybe.

Also, if I had a choice of dying on earth or dying in a shuttle I would choose dying in a shuttle, something WORTH it in my opinion.

I also love anything science related topics. If I had my way I would have the space organizations run the Earth :)

UnderZealous said...

Wow that so cool, I wanted to be an astronaut too, but... well I gave that up like two months ago, because I realized how competitive it really is... and I wasn't a great student during high school... and I found out that our valedictorian was also pursuing that same dream... so I just set more reasonable goals for myself I guess, but I want to see you achieve your dream, if I can't Haha... So you go GIRL! LoL

andrea said...

Hello. I'm a spanish girl. I want to study Astronomy. I love it. And, i'm making a project of Huygens-cassini mision. I enjoy with it.
Sorry, my english is very bad!!!
I looked you blog long time ago, but I hadn't written here.
I would be like you. NASA is my dream. Now I try to study hard and someday... I don't know.
The best wishes.

Ayako said...

I really love your blog! It inspires me a lot!!!
At the moment I lost my beloved family member and am feeling down, but there it also plenty of time to set my goal -jewelry making. Some people are interested in my creations but I think I really need more solid mind to keep myself going.
As a travel lover, the "outer space" is such an ultimate dream, wish every travellers like myself could go there super easily!!!... and I truly hope you are moving 1 step each every single moment to reach your big goal!!!
Very best wishes;-)

Pappy said...

What will you do if your husband won't let you follow your dream?

Pappy
Mackin with Pappy

Cruise Master said...

Best wish to you in your endevor. I am an Embry-Riddle Graduate(86') ERU is a great school.
I dreamed about entering the space program many years ago myself, but life took me down another path.
I'll be watching your progress toward achieving your dream.

Phil said...

Amazing blog there! Really inspired that NASA is still a place that one can go... I really aspire to go to one of the top Aeronautics Firms/Organizations in the World! BTW I am a CS Undergrad in Pakistan.

-Phil

MeMa13 said...

Yours is an extremely interesting goal. Good luck to you!

I'm just curious, though...do you have to get clearance from NASA to be able to show these pics online?

Some look to be pretty intensive.

Crafty Mom said...

HI Damaris, Blogger was featuring your Blog today on there main page. Your Blog is awesome. I still remember how exciting it was when I first Graduated College (1981!) & got the awesome first job. Our fields are very different, I am a Registered Nurse. But it is always wonderful to see young people Pursue their Dreams & make them a reality. I wish you all the best.

WildWeazel said...

Hey I just wanted to say it's great that you are blogging this. I wanted to be an astronaut for years when I was a kid, and I guess I still do, but now it's more of a fantasy than my my actual career goal (fighter pilot). I have decided though that if I DO become an astronaut, I won't be working for NASA- I want to fly for Burt Rutan instead. :) If you haven't read the book High Calling, about Rick Husband, I would highly recommend it.

Cowtown Pattie said...

Amazing photos from an amazing Aggie!

Your site is great, and I will be back often - its like having my own personal connection to the space center!

The Josh said...

Great pics, good luck with becoming an astronaut. I'm sure you have a long road ahead of you, don't ever give up! I look forward to hearing about your journey!!!

Mema13, If she can take pictures, chances are it's ok to publish them. The government tends to not allow anyone near anything with a camera that they don't want pictures taken of.

Senor Caiman said...

I helped build the shuttle, now I just watch it take off from a lake near by.

eZinne said...

Cool site. I'll show my daughter, maybe she'll be inspired.

Lots of cheerleaders but few giving advice. Maybe its too presumptuous but if you'll forgive my armchair quarterbacking for a moment, heres mine FWIW: 1) prepare physically, mentally, spiritually 2)Focus on your gift, the contribution you would like to make, whether it be scientific, mission oriented or even artistic. My own suspicion is that you are really a closet writer! I think other visitors here would agree. Good luck.

madRat said...

I don't know you, but I hope you succeed! It is not easy to be an astronaut. I do not know too many people who have such dream and actually takes action in doing it. You're the first one I know of. Wish you the best of luck! I will come back and read.

Star said...

My thoughts are with you.Keep up with all your doing towards your worthy goal.I will keep my fingers crossed for you as well.

One of my fondest wishes is that we make it off and into space.I will follow your progress with interest,All good thoughts being sent your way!!

Star

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UF said...

Very nice blog, congratulations! I really liked it, and I will put a link to it in mine. Best wishes and keep it up!

SJ said...

See you in Mars!!

shima! said...

wow, I have just discovered your blog and I have to say you're an incredibly amazing person for following your dream.

Congrats on graduating from T A & M!

I myself became fascinated with astronomy in the 3rd grade when it was first introduced to us - but since then, due to lack of encouragment and pressure to pursue a career in the med. field, I have changed my ambition to satisfy people around me, including my parents. But hearing about you going after what you love to do gives me a small dose of satisfaction.

Keep up the good work!

sudharshan said...

its simply amazin..keep ur good work..all d best

Tamnesia said...

Good onya girl....Do it.

funkysmell said...

interesting

jerry said...

its so awesome that you are pursuing your dream at the fullest....i happen to love famous quotes, and what you are doing brings a couple to mind, so here is a little inspiration for you, i hope it speaks to you....

"Dont ask what the world needs, instead ask what makes you come alive, and go and do that, because what the world needs are people who have come alive".....William Bly

and of course my personal favorite:
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly...who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with thosecold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat."....Theodore Roosevelt.

good luck to you in your adventure of life, i will be watching your blog with great interest....

little kernel said...

Pretty neat stuff! I suppose this blog not only helps you encourage other would-be astronauts, but also keeps you accountable and on-track?

Kwame said...

First of all, I want to thank you for putting this blog up.

Secondly, pursue your dreams. Back in the day, I wanted to be an astronaut too. I studied constantly. My dad even ordered those World Book encyclopedia Science Craft books. I even went to engineering school specializing in Mechanical Engineering, to go into the military, and eventually space.

My dreams were side-tracked (railroaded lol), but I am following my dreams of writing and publishing, hence this blog.

Email me: infoseeker531@yahoo.com
I'm on AIM too as: bravewarrior24

Kwame

Imaginary Girl said...

Wow! You go girl!

Love your Blog! Keep in touch &
Follow your dreams!!

* You rock!**

Jen said...

Hi Damaris!
I found your blog a couple of days ago by way of a blog listing. I think that your site is wonderful! I really love space and I wish that I had taken up being an astronaut years ago when I was younger. Although I am 31 now, I truly admire your determination. I greatly admire anyone who wants to travel space. Who knows, maybe it's not too late for me and maybe one day I will join the space program too.
You have some awesome pics on your site! I visited Kennedy Space Center and NASA about 9 years ago and took some photos myself. I have seen many shuttle launches in person, but I have never been down at the Cape to see one that close. I am hoping that one day I can. Keep posting your updates! I love reading them!
-Jennifer@ http://charlestonjenerator.blogspot.com/

Jen said...

By the way, I have a link to your blog on my site as well!

Totally Clueless said...

wow i am truely inspired on how determined you are! if you set your mind to it, you can acheive anything! ever since i was like little. (which i still am young haha) i wanted to be a famous singer and all that, but now that i am older i realized that maybe that i am asking for too much! who know's. ill keep trying just like you are. you are a great person for any one to look up to! good luck with everything!!! love always, bebe

GC said...

Hi, Damaris:

I've really enjoyed finding and reading your blog, and want to wish you good luck on your quest to become an astronaut.

My nickname in grade school back in the '50's was "Space Man." I wanted more than anything to be an astronaut - of course they didn't even exist then, but I was sure they would. Unfortunately, I grew way too big to fit into jets, so I couldn't become an aviator. At that time it was the only way into the program, even though it would be another thirty years before they had a vehicle anyone could actually fly, (if you don't count the Lunar landers.) You are so lucky that all the avenues are now open.

Godspeed! I'll enjoy following your progress.

Bill

Dexter said...

you're awsome! may your dreams come true!

Anonymous said...

Awesome. It used to be a childhood dream of mine - and I'm glad you're pursuing it the way you are. All the best.
Lightspeed to you.

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thatdude said...

I didn't even know schools had aeronautics programs or "prep" schools for astronauts. Wow, too late now :-p

James Coombs said...

Great blog! :-D Really hope that you fulfill your dream of becoming an astronaut. I have a dream that is very similar so I know the absolute obsession that comes from watching the launches and space walks and all the rest. Only I'm pinning my hopes on the X-prize and Burt Rutan.

- James

Dwayne said...

Hi Damaria,
I say GO FOR IT...we have two things in common...when I was young all I wanted was to go into space...alas it didn't work out that way. Thing 2 I am an Aggie Class of '92 Whoop Best of luck ..I like your Blog!

Liz said...

Go for it girl! You can do it. Being an Aggie ('03) I would love to see an aggie up there in space! Best wishes and take care!

astromaniac said...

I to want to become an astronaut.

dakotablueeyes said...

When did you know you wanted to be an astronaut? Good Luck!!!Very interesting career

Anne-Marie said...

One of the reasons why I like to read blogs is that it never ceases to amaze me how unique each person is in terms of their hopes, dreams, goals, desires. Your blog was featured today on blogger and I clicked on it because--wow, I can't imagine many things I would rather NOT do than be an astronaut. I get car sick enough as it is. And so this has been a fascinating read. Good luck to you. I hope your dreams come true. And why not? Somebody has to do it, right? ;)

Vinod said...

You seem to be very determined and focused on your goal, a very rare trait in many 23 year olds. You will achieve you dream of becoming an astronaut, no doubt about it.

. said...

I wish you the best of luck. There's no better path than that which leads to your dreams, and I can totally understand why being an astronaut would be something to look forward to. After all, how many people get a chance to get a good view of the Earth?

Anonymous said...

Hi. I just wanted to say how awesome and inspiring it is to hear your story. I have always wanted to work with something dealing with outer space, but people always discourage me when I bring up the subject. Your story really gives me encouragement and hope. Thanks and God bless!

Avi said...

Your blog, and your dream are both incredibly inspiring. You KNOW you can become an astronaut, and I now believe it too. I'll be all smiles when you launch. I know you will.

Anandi said...

Yay! Good luck to you!

population said...

Hey Damaris, I just saw your blog. I think it's cool that you want to become an astronaut. I hope to become one some day myself. Good luck, hopefully we'll meet in the astronaut corps someday.

Motoweissen said...

Damaris, I just stumbled into your blog. You sound like a fantastic, determined person! I hope that you are able to achieve your dream of becoming an astronaut. I'll check back on your progress!