Amanda earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (ME) in May 2022 and is now a first-year graduate student in ME with a specialization in Thermal, Fluid, and Energy Systems. She transferred to Mines in 2019 after spending almost five years working full-time and taking core courses at Houston Community College. She has interned at Lockheed Martin Space as a Mechanical Design Engineer and has participated in heliophysics and planetary science research. She is very passionate about increasing the retention rates of underrepresented students in STEM, specifically in aerospace.