Jennifer Rochlis Zumbado ’94

Name: Jennifer Rochlis Zumbado ’94

Current Title/Profession: Element manager, space human factors and habitability, NASA

City: Houston, Texas

Major: Physics

Minor: Astronomy

Additional/Advanced Degrees: MS and PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

What was your first job after MHC?: NASA

Favorite class/professor and why: My favorite class was a special January-term session on Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. The campus was quiet, snow was falling, and we were sitting in a 100-year-old building, trying to wrap our brains around something so amazing and mind-bending.

Talents and/or passions discovered at MHC: I was in a singing group all four years, which was a great creative outlet. I also loved taking psychology classes and learning that field, and I can actually use it in my work today!

What do you value most about your liberal arts education?: I value most that, although I was in the physical sciences, I can also read, write, communicate, and present technical material. Communication and technical writing have contributed greatly to my success as a scientist, engineer, and manager.

Why is a women’s education still relevant today?: Young women can thrive when they know they are expected to rise to the occasion. The extraordinary women who choose women’s colleges thrive in an environment where hard work, leadership, and community are simply facts.

What do you want the world to know about MHC?: MHC women are a community for life. I so enjoy meeting and bonding with MHC alums from every decade and finding a common thread of lust for learning, living, and giving.

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