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I'm happy to say that teamwork and collaboration are now very much a part of most universities with which I'm familiar. Was there any backlash from your professors and colleagues when you chose to pursue SETI rather than a more mainstream area within astronomy or engineering?I was fortunate that gender discrimination didn't play a role as SETI was a fairly new area.
He tried to explain the stock market to me, but I just found it uninteresting and illogical. What originally opened your mind to endless possibilities and inspired you to go on this journey to discover life in the universe?
I decided I didn't want to become as boring as my professors; so once I got my engineering degree, I began exploring other areas as a post-graduate, including astronomy.
You were the only woman engineering student in your class at Cornell. We didn't have a lot of money growing up, so I applied for a scholarship to Cornell University as a direct descendant of Ezra Cornell (my maiden name is Cornell).
My dad encouraged me to dream big dreams and my mom taught me the skills to actually work towards my dreams and accomplish my goals.
I've encountered plenty of obstacles throughout my life but together my parents instilled and reinforced in me the confidence and knowledge that I could do whatever I set out to do.
The other engineering students were able to work together in the men's dorm while I had to solve the problems on my own.