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Hello! My name is Mimansa Tyagi but feel free to refer to me as Momo!

I am currently a sophomore at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University majoring in aeronautical engineer and minoring in business. What first made me curious about the aerospace industry was a simple camping trip with my family. Laying under the night sky, watching the millions of twinkling stars and then catching sight of a satellite move across the sky, how could I not be curious. I went to high school at Valley Christian High in San Jose, California, where I was born and raised, and that school only opened my eyes further to what I could do. I was apart of two clubs: the I.S.S. club, where we were partnered with NASA to send small capsule science projects to the International Space Station, and the Rocketry Club, where we repair, design, create and launch amateur rockets. The largest rocket I have worked on had an m-motor that went as high as 60,000 feet in altitude and had a dual-deployment recovery system.

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The m-motor rocket that I repaired and built for flight

For four years I worked closely with these two clubs and when I started looking for a college that would suit this industry, I came to Embry-Riddle. I enjoy every aspect of learning, designing, creating, and working together with other students. On-campus, I am a part of the Blacksmithing, Leather-working, and Scale-making clubs. These hobbies allow me to relax on the weekends and still spur the creative side to my mind.

With my experience of repairing amateur rockets for re-flights and fixing circuit boards for programming and projects, I do feel a connection to iFixit and their goal of creating a free library of guides. My father used to repair computers and though I never picked it up in the past, this idea of helping people fix it instead of rebuying has always stuck with me. After all, reuse, reduce, and recycle.