Alumni Tale: Caleigh MacPherson ’12

What did you study at UNH?

Mechanical engineering

What were you doing one year out of college?

I’ve been doing quite a lot of STEM outreach during the past year. Students are our future and as a nation we are falling behind in STEM subjects. I’ve been trying to do what I can locally to promote science and technology in the hopes of getting more students interested.

What are you doing now?

I was recently named as a NASA Solar Systems Ambassador, so I will be putting on local STEM events that are endorsed by NASA. In addition, I have also been selected for multiple NASA socials, where I attend NASA launches and cover them as a social media journalist. It’s not the typical career path for a mechanical engineer, but I have been having the time of my life!

Currently: I am currently putting together a NASA Space Apps Challenge at UNH. It will be a two-day hackathon that uses public NASA data to solve challenges.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

I ran the Lunabotics team at UNH for three years in addition to working at the UNH Space Science Center, and I have grown so much as a person because of it. UNH has fostered in me a desire to give back and to perform STEM outreach in the community and I love it. UNH is also willing to share their resources with any student who wishes to taken advantage of them.

Why do you believe in UNH?

If I come up with any idea, UNH has been kind enough to try to help me bring it to fruition whether that be with the robotics team or with a collaborative engineering start-up. I am a local and have lived in the UNH community for many years and to me, it is home.