NASA engineer inspires Nicholas students

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NASA engineer Leslie Smith visited a fifth-grade classroom at Nicholas Elementary School this week, encouraging students to pursue careers in science.

Smith is a mechanical design engineer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

A 2013 Mechanical Engineering graduate from Tuskegee University, she has worked at NASA for nearly seven years in the Propulsion Detailed Design Branch. Prior to NASA she interned at Aerojet Rocketdyne in Sacramento, where she was responsible for systems engineering work for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.

Smith shared her science engineering experiences with students in teacher Cheryl Sims’ class (Sims is related to Smith). Her visit provided an opportunity for students to meet a working scientist and engineer.

Her visit was an inspiration to the Nicholas Falcons and an encouragement for the students to “fly” into successful science engineering careers in the future.