Real Story: Asha Gaines

Real Story: Asha Gaines

MAsha Gainesy name is Asha Gaines, and I am a mechanical engineering student at the College of Southern Maryland working to become an astronaut.  

When I meet new people, my intention is to portray a strong, confident, and welcoming young woman. In living up to this standard for myself, I do my best to be a positive example for young engineers. 

The mentorship of Mrs. Jehnell Linkins has been invaluable. She has been completely supportive and encouraged me to participate in engineering activities and community service projects, which have provided opportunities to bond with my cohort outside of academics.  

The support of my peers and Mrs. Linkins empowered me to create the first National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Chapter at CSM. 

This fall I’m finishing my associate degree at CSM and have an internship at Patuxent Naval Air Station’s Webster Field. I plan to transfer to the University of Maryland to complete my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. After UMD, I will work at Patuxent Naval Air Station, attend graduate school, and become eligible for the NASA Astronaut program.  

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