On July 25th, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center inducted Honeywell Aerospace engineer Elizabeth Bierman into the Space Camp Hall of Fame. We caught up with her to talk about her achievements.
Q: What is your favorite memory of Space Camp?
EB: All of it…really, I had never been on a plane before and got to ride alone to Huntsville. I was part of the first camp to stay in the Habitat (Space Camp housing). I loved the 1/6th gravity chair, the IMAX movies every night, being a mission specialist during our simulated space mission and the french fries shaped as space shuttle.
Q: Was there anything you learned that has stayed with you since you attended?
EB: Just the possibility that if I wanted to do this I could. Space Camp shows you the “cool” side of engineering which I wasn’t exposed to before. I knew I was making the right decision to be an aerospace engineer.
Q: How did Space Camp help shape your career?
EB: Similar to above, I knew I was going to be an aerospace engineer after Space Camp. And going at such a critical time for young girls going into STEM (middle school) really gave me the encouragement I needed to work hard to achieve this goal.
Q: What would you say to young women who are considering a career in aerospace?
EB:“The one thing I tell young girls about going into a career in engineering or aerospace would be to create a network. For me, that was joining the Society of Women Engineers. I did it my freshman year at Iowa State University. It was the organization that provided the community and support I needed to get through a challenging education. Also, I stayed in the organization as a professional which provided me the network of women to help navigate the ups and downs of life and my career. It’s wonderful to know that I have a good support of women to help me. I also tell young girls to find their passion and follow their passion. Engineering touches everything in our world and we really need more engineers to tackle the difficult challenges the world faces.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about going to Space Camp?
EB: Just do it…no matter what your age you will have a blast!
Elizabeth Bierman is a senior program manager for Honeywell Aerospace in Minneapolis. She is currently the President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In her role at Honeywell, Bierman leads integrated product delivery and support, an engineering development process that is used throughout the Aerospace division.