Jasmine Bridges, MS’10 Mechanical Engineering, was inspired to become an astronaut by Hollywood and by one of the worst disasters in the history of the U.S. space program.
At six years old, despite the unfortunate 1986 Challenger explosion, I became fascinated with space and astronomy,” says Bridges, MS’10 Mechanical Engineering. “After watching Top Gun and seeing Maverick, Goose and Iceman, I knew I wanted to either build planes or fly them. I suppose those two interests, space and flying, led me to engineering where I could study the science of space and how to get there.”
Bridges was attracted to practical approach taken here at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.
Expected graduation date: May 2010, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Energy Systems or Nanotechnology
Favorite Band: Prince
Favorite Movie: Back To the Future 2
Favorite spot in NYC:Book Culture on W. 112th St.
Hobbies: Salsa dancing
“Columbia SEAS emphasizes using our engineering ability to meet real and current global needs, as evidenced by the Earth Institute,” she says. “Two huge bonuses are that my sister is here at Manhattan School of Music and, of course, New York.”
She has already begun applying on a summer job what she’s learned in the classroom.
From a solar thermal engineering course, “I used my knowledge to design and analyze a mini solar tracker for a team project.”
Her time at Columbia extends well beyond the academic. Bridges says the best experience studying here have been the relationships she’s formed with other students from all over the world.
“My core study group friends are from Iceland, Hungary, Italy and the States of course. It's been an amazing experience.”
Posted: June 2, 2009