Electrical Engineering            Autonomous Vehicles            Sustainability
Paige Kassalen
Upon graduation from college, I was fortunate to be presented with several intriguing career opportunties.  After much consideration, I accepted a position with a Pittsburgh based material science company where I had a chance to rotate through several key areas of the business.

Six months into my new assignment I was selected for the opportunity of a lifetime! Our company was an official partner of an experimental airplane project known as Solar Impulse 2: the world's first airplane to circumnavigate the globe using only the power of the sun. It would be my responsibility to represent our company as an electrical engineer embedded on the ground crew of Solar Impulse. 

My mind was racing as I packed my bags and headed to Hawaii to join the team. My journey with Solar Impulse was from Hawaii to the United Arab Emirates. I was the only female engineer, only American, and youngest member of the ground crew. This amazing experience pushed me far out of my comfort zone. I learned a lot about myself, other team members, and the many factors that led to success. 

Solar Impulse 2 completed its "around the world" mission on July 25, 2017.  That night, when I stood on the airport runway in Abu Dhabi, I realized that a mission, thought to be impossible was about to make history.  I realized that nothing is impossible and we are the only ones who limit our potential. It was a powerful and life changing experience.

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