Q&A: Janet Nevarez, engineer and Doran Community Scholarship recipient

Doran Community Scholar and junior aerospace engineering student Janet Nevarez tells us how private support helped enable her passion for outer space and beyond.

What are you studying? What drew you to that field of study?

I am currently a junior majoring in aerospace engineering and I am pursuing to add a minor in astronomy. When I was in the 7th grade I saw the movie Apollo 13 and was immediately intrigued with space exploration, and I knew one day I wanted to create something that will allow us to continue exploring its mystery.

What is your favorite spot on the ASU campus?

My favorite place on the Tempe campus is the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4). This is my favorite spot on campus because it has a replica of the Mars Curiosity rover, a Magic Planet digital globe screen, and the Marston Exploration Theater which features 3D planetarium shows.

What scholarships have you received and what have they allowed you to accomplish?

I have been a Doran Community Scholarship recipient since my freshman year here at ASU and I have gained knowledgeable skills that will help me in the workforce. This scholarship hasn’t only helped me financially it has helped me professionally as well. We have monthly events ranging from an etiquette class to networking socials with alumni.

What do you hope to do after graduation?

After attaining my Bachelors of Science in engineering here at Arizona State University, I hope to pursue my studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and complete my Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering there.