“Choosing to become a librarian is choosing to believe in the best parts of human creativity.” Meet Camille, an Information Science Specialist working on JPL’s enterprise wiki, search system improvements, and reference librarianship.
She was first drawn to librarianship because she loved books and reading, but soon learned that the field is so much beyond that. “Pursuing this work, especially at an organization like JPL, means passionately advocating for, and strategically enabling, effective knowledge capture and information sharing.”
Camille believes JPL puts a premium on honesty and being yourself. “Leaning in to your truth can be hard – it is something I am still very much navigating – but the response to honest living and working at JPL, as far as I’ve seen, has been open-minded and supportive. Camille credits SPECTRUM (the lab’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group) for being an integral part in her journey coming out at work, and understanding and embracing her identity.
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“Find that place where you can thrive as yourself; that’s what is going to make you happiest. At JPL, I’ve found a great community that does that for me.” Meet Gabrielle, a Contracts Administrator for Earth Science missions and commercial programs.
After studying choreography and English, Gabrielle got an MFA in creative writing and joined JPL as an administrative assistant. Her institutional knowledge and writing abilities opened the door for her current role in the Office of Contracts Management. “I love that my job allows me to be a liaison between the business and technical sides. At JPL I’m valued for who I am, and they want me to be more of that.”
As a member of SPECTRUM (JPL’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group), Gabrielle encourages her colleagues to use inclusive vocabulary, conveying how tiny language adjustments in communication pieces can be huge in demonstrating allyship. In her free time, Gabrielle writes young adult novels about the inner struggles of hybrid identities.
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“Diversity fosters creativity. Different backgrounds will have diversity of thought, which is critical to engineering problem-solving.” Meet Amila, a Mechatronics Engineer for the Sample Caching Subsystem on the Mars 2020 rover. He started his JPL journey as a student, and three years later Amila has come full-circle mentoring a team of students for Mars 2020 testing. Since 2016, Amila has been involved in various panels and events for SPECTRUM (JPL’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group). Amila hopes to be a role-model on Lab for other trans and gender non-conforming JPLers. He helped form a group that successfully advocated for gender-neutral bathrooms and inclusive pronoun usage etiquette. In his time outside of the Lab, Amila volunteers helping LGBTQ+ homeless youth in Los Angeles.
“Everyone at JPL is so passionate about their work—they will always find the time to answer questions or help solve problems. The cooperative and supportive environment makes me excited to come to work because I’m spending time with friends, not just co-workers.”
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We’re honored to announce that JPL is ranked No. 10 in diversity and No. 18 overall on Computerworld's 100 Best Places to Work in IT. This year marks our seventh consecutive top 20 rating. The award recognizes the outstanding perks, benefits and team environment that JPLers enjoy every day.
We’re celebrating all fathers across the Universe! Meet Kalind, a Robotics Engineer who designs mobility systems, or as he describes it to his children, River and Cyra: robot footwear. “At JPL we ask the big questions about life and the Universe. I get to work with the scientists to help design robotic solutions that are tailored to local physics. I can imagine myself as an interplanetary astronaut traveling to those places.” He has inspired River, who wants to be a genetic scientist when he grows up. And Cyra? “I want to be an astronaut artist on the moon.”
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“The JPL community is very intellectual and curious—they are explorers. They’re open to learning things, and that gives JPL an advantage to make leaps in technology and science, but also in society.” Meet Vlada, a research scientist in the Astrobiology Group of the Planetary Science Section. Born in Belgrade, Serbia, he grew up in Switzerland and studied physics at the ETH Zurich before getting his PhD with the European Space Agency and the German Aerospace Center in Berlin. After a few years at MIT and Caltech, Vlada joined JPL a year and half ago. He is currently working with the Mars Exploration Directorate, developing the technology and the science to search for life and resources in the Martian subsurface.
“We’re all in the same game, we’re all humans. When you have dialogue and you care for each other, that’s when real change happens. JPL has been enormously good—I’m very proud of this community here.”
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“Extraordinary things are being built and conceived at JPL every day, but they cannot be done without its people.” Meet Alex, an Administrator for the Astrophysics and Space Sciences Section who joined @NASAJPL almost 20 years ago. “I started off as an APX, programming boards and placing them on chassis, but moved over to the business side quickly after realizing I love helping people.”
Alex has been a member of SPECTRUM (the lab’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group) since 1999. “Over many years, SPECTRUM’s members have paved the way to gain more equality on lab. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to join and participate, especially the non-LGBTQ+ community. I can honestly say that I feel very safe and welcomed here. I have Trans friends on lab, and even through their transition, have told me that they have full support from their teams and the organization. It truly is a great place to work for.”
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We're hiring! Come discover what you're made of. Are you excited by insurmountable odds and creating new solutions for the universe? View open roles in software engineering, systems engineering, electronics, and more → http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vM9N5
"I still get amazed by the unique work we do here, and I feel very privileged to be able to work with some of the nicest, smartest, and most innovative people." Meet Jamilla, a Subcontracts Manager who started at JPL as an intern 3 years ago in the Acquisition division.
Born and raised in the Philippines, she graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing her MBA at UC Irvine. At JPL, she serves as the primary interface with suppliers in support of project procurement requirements in the Fabrication and Parts group. Her group purchases electronic parts, fabrication services, and more in support of all missions across the Lab.
"My favorite thing about what I do is being able to help and support my end-users and projects in my own little way. But above all, I get to do something for a bigger purpose."
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