October 15, 2013 AT 6:00 pm

Natalie Panek #ALD13 @findingada

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Natalie Panek is an aerospace engineer, robotics operator, blogger, adventurer and so much more. Here’s the bio listed on her site thepanekroom.com, which is an awesome resource for women in STEM fields and also full of interesting articles and information. Natalie is a truly inspirational person and she encourages women everywhere to revolutionize and inspire those around them to do the same.

Natalie is a robotic operator and aerospace engineer at MDA Space Missions, previously interning at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center and NASA Ames Research Center. She’s driven a solar-powered car across North America, has a pilot’s license, and skydived with Korea’s first Astronaut. With degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Natalie has co-authored papers on Microgravity Combustion and On-orbit Satellite Servicing. She has also spoken at TEDx and on the panel for the Women in Aerospace International Women’s day.

Natalie is the founder of thePanekRoom.com, a directory of resources for women to become involved in science, engineering, and technology. She is an advocate for encouraging women to dive head-on into challenging careers and take risks, recognizing that we need to foster innovation in order to challenge the foundations of our generation and the next. Natalie is also an avid adventurer, always looking to fill any free time with the outdoors and exploration.

Here’s a video of Natalie’s TEDx talk entitled “Revolutionizing Female Empowerment”. It’s a powerful and inspiring talk and is definitely worth a share. Her message is an important one: we need more women in science and engineering and the best way to do that is to highlight the most inspiring women engineers and scientists in the media.



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