Miss Universe Ireland reveals what it is like working for NASA

When she’s not sprucing her crown, Miss Universe Ireland is crunching critical numbers in her job at Nasa – working to avoid wasting the Earth and discover area.

As the primary black lady to carry the title, Fionnghuala O’Reilly will probably be talking at this yr’s Dublin Tech Virtual Summit, encouraging younger folks from various backgrounds to get entangled in science.

The Irish-American mannequin, who lives in Dublin, spent the primary few months of her reign making ready for the Miss Universe competitors in Atlanta, Georgia, final December.

The worldwide pageant is extraordinarily aggressive and Fionnghuala – often called Fig to her associates – stated she was honoured to participate in it.

She instructed Dublin Live: “The competition was a fantastic experience. It was a once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing.”

Fig, 27, hoped to spend the remainder of her reign travelling around the globe speaking with folks about her platform, which is range in science.

But Covid-19 modified all that and the beautiful mannequin and information science engineer moved most of her engagements on-line.

Fig – who needed to be an engineer since she was in secondary faculty – stays very busy because the director of the Space Apps Challenge.

She stated: “I started with the Nasa Datanauts programme.

“It is an open innovation initiative Nasa started as a part of a Women And Data initiative to bring more diversity to Nasa and to data science.”

As a part of her work, Fionnghuala takes all the knowledge that Nasa receives about Earth and area and places it right into a format different engineers can use to make choices or create robots, drones and different functions.

She stated: “Nasa has a lot of information that we’re constantly receiving.

“There’s satellite data, there’s data we get about different planets, there’s data we get about what’s going on in the Earth, there’s aerosol data, there are wind patterns and rising sea level data.

“And so my job is about storytelling. I do a lot of work turning a lot of information into something meaningful and understandable so decision makers know exactly what is going on.

“It’s pretty cool because I’m working with information directly linked to the future of humanity or environmental sustainability.”

Fionnghuala will probably be talking about her experiences on the Dublin Tech Virtual Summit on October 14.

She stated folks from various backgrounds are badly wanted in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Fionnghuala added: “I’ve always been one of very few women, and one of very few if not the only black women, in the places and spaces that I’ve worked.

“And so I’ve known for quite some time exactly how it felt to be the only person that looks like me in these spaces.

“I want to see more young, and more women and people of diverse backgrounds because all of these voices are super important in creating the future we want to see for ourselves.”


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