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Early Career Scientist Spotlights ("ECSS")

Early Career Scientist Spotlight ("ECSS") articles showcase the early career scientists working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The ECSS articles are intended to highlight the research interests, science motivations, and achievements of the early career scientist community, and are a great way to learn a bit about some of the wonderful and interesting people working at Goddard!

If you are a GSFC early career scientist and would like to participate in future ECSS articles, please contact Danielle Simkus, Joe Renaud, Jenna Cann, or any of our NGAPS+ Co-Officers.

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Mijin Kim

Atmospheric Scientist

"I thought NASA was like an unrealistic place that can only be seen in movies or papers. It became realistic through visiting and collaboration during my Ph.D."
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Nazma Islam

High Energy Astrophysicist

"As a researcher, we need to constantly learn new skills and expand our knowledge in areas which are not exactly related to our field of expertise."
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Iker Liceaga Indart

Mechanical Engineer

"I would encourage all young students to try to find their true passion. It really pays off, as you will find yourself investing most of your time in something that has true meaning for you."
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Shiblee Barua

Computational Astrochemist

"I basically taught myself chemistry while working as a graduate teaching assistant in chemistry labs. My diverse academic background in physics, math and chemistry has helped me immensely in pursuing my career as a Computational Astrochemist."
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Remya Bhanu

Space Physicist

"It took me until the end of high school to realize that I did not have the vocation to be a doctor and that physics and chemistry were the subjects that captivated me most."
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Ethan Kruse

Exoplanet Astronomer

"I hope that by the end of my career we have detailed studies of the atmospheres of hundreds of Earth-like planets and maybe even signs of life elsewhere in the galaxy."
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Luoth Chou

Astrobiologist

"This curiosity drove me to wonder where life came from, and eventually made me question how life started and whether life can be 'out there'."
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Elijah Orland

Geomorphologist

"I eventually realized later in my studies that my interest in being outside wasn’t purely recreational—I wanted to learn more about what made my favorite places tick."
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Bea Gallardo-Lacourt

Space Physicist

"I was told by many people that I was wasting my time pursuing a scientific career and, although this was discouraging, I decided to take it as a challenge and prove them wrong."
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Beck Strauss

Planetary Geophysicist

"Geology is the science of understanding why the natural world is the way it is – why that mountain is over there, how this river got here, what that moon's magnetic field was doing a few billion years ago."
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Armaghan Abed-Elmdoust

Hydroscientist

"My long-term future research activities will be centered on sustainable water resources management and improving hydrological modeling. These are critical subjects to human societies."
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Benson Guest

X-ray Astrophysicist

"Volunteering at outreach events or teaching first year astronomy labs helped me take a step back so that the numbers and pixels on the screen once again became the giant spinning magnets at the centre of explosions in space."
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Yingxi Rona Shi

Atmospheric Scientist

"There is a sense of fulfillment the moment you discover a solution that solves a mystery."
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Danna Qasim

Experimental Astrochemist

"The research accomplishment that I am most proud of is my first first-author paper from my master's, because it was THE underdog paper."
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Danielle Gurgew

X-ray Astrophysicist

"I really enjoy the hands-on aspect of building and creating hardware that ultimately will be flown on earth-orbiting X-ray telescopes."
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Raphael Attié

Solar Astronomer

"Understanding how the Sun and other Sun-like stars power themselves and what makes them erupt has become not just a fundamental astrophysical question, but also a societal necessity."
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Denis Felikson

Cryospheric Scientist

"Writing a science research proposal is like putting together a puzzle: you choose what science questions you want to answer, what tools you will use, and who will be on your team."
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Casey Honniball

Lunar Scientist

"Right now, I focus on lunar water, but I am working to expand to other volatiles to make a comprehensive understanding of volatiles on the lunar surface."
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Michael Kirk

Solar Physicist

"Taking incredibly complex questions or ideas and breaking them down into bite-sized pieces that anyone can understand is my favorite part about being a professional scientist."
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Teresa Monsue

Astro/Helio Physicist

"I remember trying to count [the stars] at a young age, but giving up on it quickly. I felt that there was something bigger out there to understand."
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Burcu Kosar

Atmospheric Physicist

"Don't be afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone, that's where the greatest things happen!"
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Carl Malings

Air Quality Researcher

"I'm really looking forward to exploring the campus and getting to meet in person everyone who I've only met virtually so far."
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Alain Khayat

Planetary Scientist

"I am so amazed by how much one could learn about remote objects in the universe when analyzing the light that is received from them."
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Gioia Rau

Astrophysicist

"Resilience, perseverance, grit, and hard work are some of the magic ingredients behind every successful scientist."
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Melissa Ugelow

Atmospheric Chemist

"Something that amazes me is the diversity in the outer solar system moons."
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Odutayo Raji Rufai

Space Physicist

"The first inspiration was, of course, my older brother.... He informed me that I can veer into any profession with a degree in Mathematics."
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Zachary Erickson

Oceanographer

"I would like to help understand the potential benefits and risks associated with ocean-centric climate change mitigation."
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Carolyn Kierans

High-Energy Astrophysicist

"I really enjoy working on new mission concepts. You get to ask yourself: What type of measurements would I like to make to further understand our Universe?"
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