028: How Olympia LePoint Overcame Mathaphobia and Helped Launch 28 Space Shuttle Missions

 

Olympia LePoint is an internationally-recognized science leader who helped launch NASA’s Endeavor, Discovery, Columbia, and Atlantis space shuttles, part of a career total of 28 space shuttle launches. And yet, Olympia’s road to success wasn’t a straight one. Despite growing up in challenging circumstances and failing algebra and geometry in high school, Olympia persisted toward her vision of working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

With some help from teachers and others along the way, Olympia went on to earn a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics and to graduate in the top five of her class at California State University Northridge.

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