Summer Williams, NASA Engineer and Texan Cheerleader. Courtesy SI.com
OK, so this doesn't have much to do with furthering humankind's place in outer space but who cares? Summer Williams is an engineer for NASA; you know, a rocket scientist? Oh yeah, did I also mention that she is an NFL CHEERLEADER for the Houston Texans?! No joke. Check it out:
"Well," Williams said, "I don't actually use the term 'rocket scientist.' "
That's what she is, though. Williams is a 25-year old aerospace engineer for the Jacobs Engineering Group, which is NASA's main scientific support contractor. Williams, a small-town Kansan, is an assistant project manager on the group that figures out how to keep the international space station habitable.
"I just always wanted to be smart," Williams said. She definitely was that. Her dad's a mortician, and her first dream job was to be a forensic pathologist. Then her ninth grade science teacher had her class watch Apollo 13 and she became "very, very curious about the brains on the ground."
Every math and science elective her high school offered, Williams took. Her senior year, she wrote gobs of essays, underwent a two-day observation at problem-solving and group work, and won a $10,000 scholarship from Cessna. She went to Wichita State, got that aerospace engineering degree and didn't watch much football. "I studied a lot," she said.
So not only is she gorgeous, intelligent, and a cheerleader but she also has my dream job! Oh, and if that's not enough, she also became a VFR rated private pilot in 2002 and she enjoys riding motorcycles. (see the official site of the Houston Texans)
Pictured: Typical NASA Engineer/ Texan Cheerleader. Courtesy SI.com
After a little research, I found out that she is actually Miss Hawaiian Tropic Kansas too (see page). I can't exactly remember but I think she might also be the ruler of some small country and maybe a superhero.
Pictured: Typical Rocket Scientist/ Beauty Pageant Winner Courtesy BreakTV.com