JOHOR BARU: The appointment of Johor-born Florence Tan as Deputy Chief Technologist in the Science Mission Directorate of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has caught the attention of many Malaysians, including the Johor Sultan.
In a Facebook post, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar said he was proud of his achievement.
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He also congratulated Tan, who was born in Muar, on her nomination.
“It’s a wonderful achievement, not least because of her position with a globally important and prestigious organization.
“It will also serve as an inspiration to other Johorians pursuing their various careers, dreams and talents,” Her Majesty said.
According to the NASA website, Tan, a mother of two, has worked there for many years.
His accomplishments include designing and building electronic components for space probes and writing software for mass spectrometers that have been sent to various quadrants of the solar system.
She is also the chair of the space agency’s Small Spacecraft Coordination Group.
Her inspiration to work in the space sector began when she watched Star Trek reruns on Malaysian television while growing up.
She made her way to college in the United States, working her way to an internship and later a career at Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
The holder of an MBA in electrical engineering (from John Hopkins University) has also received the space agency’s Outstanding Achievement Medal, Robert Goddard’s Outstanding Achievement, and several Special Act Awards over the years.