Tell us about your work/ research. What kinds of things do you do?
I am currently in Engineering Technology program and am currently learning about circuitry, electronics, AC, DC, microprocessors, programmable logic circuits.
What sparked your initial interest in your career?
Interning on the Nautilus in 2014 sparked my interest for ROV engineering and robotics. Now I can't get away!
Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?
My parents and my family
What element of your work/ study do you think is the most fascinating?
Working with electronics and really enjoy both the challenge and satisfaction that comes from completing a project is really fascinating to me. I really enjoy the electronics field because we are living in one of the most exciting times to be alive on the planet for many reasons, but especially in terms of all the exciting possibilities technology offers.
How did you get involved with the Nautilus Exploration Program?
I became an intern on the Nautilus in 2014 while working at a marine salvage company doing hydrographic survey and commercial coordinating.
What other jobs led you to your current career?
Various other jobs have led me to my current career path, including volunteering at the Shark Lab (Bimini Biological Field Station) participating in shark research, Hydrographic Surveying, and Lifeguarding.
What are your degrees and certifications?
My degrees and numerous certificates are Bachelors in Marine Affairs - University of Miami 2013, A.S Engineering Technology - Broward College 2016, STCW-95; 2013, Advanced Shipboard Firefighting Training; November 2013, Instrument Rating Pilots License - August 2010, Multi Engine IFR Rating - April 2011, OUVP 6 PAK Captain’s Coast Guard License, Advanced Open Water SCUBA Certification (PADI).
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy playing with my dog Porter, yoga, boating, snorkeling and reading as some of my hobbies!
What advice would you give someone who wants to have a career like yours?
The advice I would give to someone interested in my field of work is to say yes to any opportunity that comes your way that involves traveling and meeting new people. Even if it doesn't seem like it will directly enhance your career path, getting out and experiencing things outside of your normal day-to-day helps you grow and sometimes learn more than any book or class could ever teach you.