Ivtiy Hong joined MESA during her junior year of high school. Before competing in MESA competitions, she, like many other high school students, did not know what engineering was, but loved math and science, especially physics. It was most fascinating when she had the opportunity to apply physics, science, and math to create a prosthetic arm and mousetrap car for the MESA competitions, similar to the prosthetic arms and cars that people use daily in the real world. Not only did she get to participate in the MESA competitions, but she also had the opportunity to participate in a Summer Program, called Mission Engineering, where she learned about different types of engineering disciplines, applied engineering to hands-on projects, and toured some engineering facilities at JPL and Hyperion Water Treatment Plant.
“MESA helped me tremendously, by finding my passion in engineering, and getting my acceptance letter from my dream school, also one of the most prestigious universities in the country, USC.”
She recently earned her bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from USC (Class of 2016) and is an Avionics Systems Engineer at The Boeing Company.
“Without MESA, I don’t think I would be where I am at today, one of the biggest aerospace companies, and I love my job!!”
However, her connection with MESA did not come to an end after finishing high school; she continues to support the MESA program at USC.
“It’s always a pleasure volunteering at MESA events and giving back to such a great program that helped shape who I am today!”