14 December 2023

In the latest episode of the Polish and Flourish series, Julia Stankiewicz  speaks about how her dream of becoming an engineer came true and how she became part of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory team. 

The Polish and Flourish series is a collection of interviews with inspiring individuals living in the US who are either of Polish descent or have Polish roots. Maja Steczkowska, Deputy Director at the Polish Cultural Institute New York, conducts the interviews.

In the latest episode, Julia Stankiewicz, an aerospace engineer and visiting student researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talks about her impressive career. She joined the elite team at NASA at the age of 26. She is fluent in English, French, and German, and also studied at prestigious institutions such as the Sorbonne, the International Space University, and the University of Manchester. Julia  Stankiewicz has worked for major technology companies such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce Motors, and the European Space Agency. She gained experience collaborating in large teams and dealing with cutting-edge technologies, even contributing to the design of the MOVE-III satellite.

During the interview, Julia Stankiewicz shares her incredible journey from dreaming of engineering to joining the NASA team. She also revealed what are her plans for the future and what she is currently working on.

If you are just beginning your adventure with science, learn more about the overall experience of working for NASA and find out Julia’s advice. Her story is sure to ignite inspiration in everyone.

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More about Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL):

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) was founded in 1936 by Caltech researchers. The laboratory is now owned and sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and administered and managed by the California Institute of Technology. It is a federally funded research and development center in Pasadena, California, United States.  The laboratory’s primary function is the construction and operation of planetary robotic spacecarft, though it also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions.

More about the Polish Cultural Institute New York:

The Polish Cultural Institute New York was founded in 2000. It is a diplomatic mission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, operating in the area of public diplomacy. The Institute’s mission is to share Polish heritage and contemporary art with American audiences, and to promote Poland’s contributions to the success of world culture. The Institute does so through initiating, supporting and promoting collaboration between Poland and the United States in the areas of visual art, design, film, theater, dance, literature, music, and in many other aspects of intellectual and social life. The Institute’s main task to ensure Polish participation in the programming of America’s most important cultural institutions as well as in large international initiatives.


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