Meet a NASA Glenn Employee: Yaritza De Jesus-Arce
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.
Yaritza De Jesus-Arce
What that means:
Electrical engineers design and develop new and improved electrical subsystems for higher efficiency performance.
What I do:
My work is focused on designing, modeling and analyzing electrical components systems. For example, I have developed electromagnetics computer simulations on synchronous reluctance electric motors, which develop torque when there are changes in the magnetic resistance.
The coolest /most interesting part of my job is:
The most interesting part of my job is that I can be creative and can convert ideas into real life performance.
My favorite project that I have worked, or that I am working on, is:
I am currently working on the G6 Flywheel Project, which has been a great opportunity and I’m really excited to see the future performance.
The accomplishment that I am most proud of is:
The accomplishment I am most proud of is being part of NASA. I feel truly honored to be part of a group of engineers who support power technologies development.
A Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education helped me by:
I always liked math and that helped me to decide my career in college. When I was studying for my electrical engineering bachelor degree, I visualized myself working in aerospace and/or technologies companies. Taking classes such as electromagnetics, antennas and microwave helped define what I wanted to do in my concentration. Working here at NASA, I use my knowledge and experiences from those engineering classes.
Good advice for students, including STEM students, is:
You can have or do anything you want as long as you have a positive attitude and work hard for it.
How do you "dream big?"
I dream big by having positive expectations for myself, and working hard to fulfill my goals.
Who inspired you to "dream big" and how or what did they do that inspired you?
My parents are the ones that inspired me to be who I wanted to be. They support me and encourage me to reach my potential.
What do you do to inspire others to "dream big?"
I inspire others by making a difference. Working here at NASA is already a great inspiration to others.
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-Edited by Nancy Smith Kilkenny, SGT Inc.
NASA's Glenn Research Center