Name: Shonte Wright
Job Title: Thermal Systems Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Hometown: Altadena, CA
M.S. North Carolina A&T State University
B.S. University of California, San Diego
"I am very inspired by many of the people I work with, and they are all excellent role models. They take a special pride in their work and genuinely love what they do. I aspire to have the thermal engineering knowledge that they possess and they have all been willing to mentor me.
"My all-encompassing professional role model is Karla Clark, a Project Manager on the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO) Project. Karla manages to do it all; she is an outstanding engineer, an excellent manager, an awesome athlete, and a great mother."
Shonte loves music - "anything from U2 to big band" - and plays basketball as many as 9 hours a week at the Caltech gym.
How she became interested in her profession:
"I took a considerable interest in thermal engineering during the heat transfer portion of my undergraduate mechanical engineering curriculum. I pursued this interest by participating in research that focused on the thermal properties of composites."
What she likes about her field of work:
"First and foremost I love the flexibility and exposure that my job offers me. I have had so many opportunities to learn new things and meet new people. I regularly conduct design and analysis exercises, work in the lab with flirght hardware, write teest support programs, and monitor thermal requirements, mass, and hardware interfaces. In addition I facilitate a thermal tool user group and assist JPL in recruitment and outreach activities."