WEB DESK: The story of Pakistani born lady serving in NASA is surely inspiring. The young lady successfully made to NASA as per her childhood dream but it was not an easy journey.
Hibah Rahmani, was born in Pakistan and move to Kuwait where she had to face condition of war. The hard times had fallen upon them but she never stopped dreaming.
As she said,”My fondest memory growing up is taking walks with my family at night, either in the desert or on the sidewalk by the Arabian (Persian) Gulf, looking up at the sky to admire the moon and stars, and thinking about astronauts such as Neil Armstrong who have stepped on the moon,” she said. “It was around this time I developed a passion for science, space and astronomy”.
However, time went more difficult when Iraq invaded Kuwait back in 1990, her family had to live in open desserts. Though, everything seemed impossible, life was getting tougher but it was those shiny moon and stars that kept her dream alive. It made her determined to take her dream further where she can study about stars, NASA.
After the war ended back in February 1991, Rahmani, moved back to Kuwait and decided to become an engineer. Moreover, to pursue her dreams, she moved to US in 1997, after the completion of her high school in Kuwait.
At the University of Central Florida (UCF), She completed her Bachelor in Computer Engineering. And after her graduation in 2000, she begun working as a Systems Engineer for the International Space Station (ISS) for Boeing.
“I was involved with integrated testing of the ISS components and sometimes astronauts would stop by to either view or participate in the testing,” Rahmani said. “It is during this time that I developed a strong desire to become an astronaut and started taking steps toward that goal.”
Furthermore, these situation convinced her to complete a more advanced degree, Masters in electrical and computer engineering, between 2002 and 2005 from Georgia Tech.
Her Career in NASA
Hibah Rahmani, in 2008, begun working in NASA’s Engineering and Technology Directorate at Kennedy, which is her current position as well.
“I support NASA’s Launch Services Program, working on expendable launch vehicles such as the Pegasus XL and Falcon 9,” she said. “I provide technical expertise, follow launch vehicle testing, perform data reviews and provide technical assessments of engineering issues.”
Hibah says “The happiest and most exciting moment of my job is to watch a rocket take off from the launch pad and go into space.”
Additionally, the strong passion for work can be observed from her voluntary Public Engagements in order to inspire others. As Hiba added “I love to inspire others. I speak to students at local schools about my career and have volunteered as a science fair judge.”
“I have the privilege of working with an amazing team, while doing what I love,” she says. Her key to success is that she sets some very high goals.
“The experiences of my life have taught me to always dream big and to never give up, because you can achieve whatever you want if you work hard.”
She asks the youth, especially girls, to “stay focused and dream big.” That is the philosophy she followed ever since she fell in love with the stars in a desolate Jordanian desert.
Note: The article was originally published on defence.pk