The Elqui River basin in Chile's Coquimbo region is one of the driest places on Earth. It receives only about 4 inches of rain each year, and most of it during one short rainy season. In some years, the region will get close to zero rainfall, while in others it will get five times the normal amount.
These are questions we ask every single day, and I will continue to ask questions to challenge the status quo. Because I know that above it all, it is the questions - not necessarily the answers - that drive our progress and reveal the real opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Being one of the few women studying engineering at Florida International University proved to be an experience that further fueled my drive and passion for the field. It also quickly made me realize that I had to make a name for my capabilities before people made conclusions about me because of my gender.