Natalia Chabebe was born in Ecuador but spent most of her early education years living in Queens, New York. She moved back to her native Ecuador during her high school years and returned to attend college at Stevens Institute of Technology. She earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering with high honors. Upon graduation she worked as a mechanical design engineer designing, manufacturing, and testing space hardware for the Orion spacecraft. While working full time as an engineer she also obtained a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
These experiences allowed Natalia to follow her passion and love for engineering and science, but they also drove home how rare it was to be a young Latina in engineering, and how necessary it was for there to be more diversity in the STEM fields. After working as an engineer for four years, Natalia transitioned into a teaching career where she felt she could be a role model for young women interested in math and science. Natalia taught high school physics as well as computer-aided design at Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, Queens for two years. She is currently teaching physics and modern physics at Columbia Preparatory School in Manhattan.
Past Events Hosted By This Ambassador:
Yuri's Night Red Bear Brewery
So You Want to Be a Martian Live Webinar NASA Education's Digital Learning Network
Exoplanets are Everywhere Columbia Preparatory School
City of Science Staten Island South Shore YMCA
Hubble Hangout - Super Jupiter Columbia Preparatory School
Past Events Collaborated On By This Ambassador:
World Science Festival -Washington Square Park, NY Washington Square Park (next to New York University)