My name is Natalie Panek
I am a Rocket scientist
When I was 10 I wanted to be an Explorer
I am proud of Getting an internship at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center solely through my own efforts. This was the ultimate exercise in perseverance and one of the most rewarding work experiences I have had.
I work as a Mission Systems Engineer in the Aerospace Industry.
The biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome is leaving behind my family and the city that I love (Calgary) to pursue a dream of traveling to space. Unfortunately the Aerospace Industry is centered in Eastern Canada, so it required a move from the West. I constantly have to work towards balancing a career with family and getting back to a place that affords me easy access to the outdoors and the mountains.
My advice to women is to dive head-on into challenge! See challenge and risk as a means to life-long learning and opportunities to push your limits. I think challenge and pushing limits ultimately leads to innovation.
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