My guest blogger this week is Costa Rican biomedical engineer/ business consultant Andrea Jimenez. As Andrea awaits a long anticipated NASA internship, she shares an inspiring story of hope and opportunity for the Costa Rican economy.
This story begins in Montenegro, Guanacaste, Costa Rica in a house that was lit at night with candles. My house was full of colors, animals and textures, the best environment to spark a little girl’s imagination. But, believe it or not, magic did not happen during the day, but at night. When the mosquitoes did not force us to run home for shelter, we could see the sky for many hours uninterrupted because of the absence of light for miles around us. Our nights observing space were undoubtedly the most impressive of my childhood. Living in a world that perhaps can only be described by Gabriel García Márquez was definitely the initiation of my biggest passion: science and engineering.
One night, for the first time we observed the international space station pass above our heads and that weird and imaginative little girl placed her heart in the cosmos.
Believing that there are people who can travel to space, understanding the power of space technology and the technological instruments that we use in our lives combined with dreaming of being part of some of these developments, is what has inspired many scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technologists. I am a biomedical engineer, a profession that could