Magazine article ASEE Prism

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Magazine article ASEE Prism

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time to highlight the contributions of the differently abled in the workplace. ASEE salutes educators, engineers, and innovators who live with disabilities-but aren't defined by them.

Dana Bolles is a Technical Resources Manager at NASA Ames Research Center. Though she was born without arms or legs, that has not stopped her from reaching great heights. Bolles received her bachelor's in mechanical engineering at California State University, Long Beach, and her master's in rehabilitation engineering and technology at San Francisco State University. She's now a career NASA engineer with many roles and distinctions under her belt. Bolles's current work revolves around life sciences projects in space. In her spare time, she mentors others with disabilities.

Greg Brigman is a civil engineer-cum-Paralympic soccer player. Cerebral palsy impacted his leftside, leaving him with a clubbed foot. Surgery at a young age helped correct his foot, and playing soccer aided his musculature and movement issues. Since then, Brigman has earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering as well as a further B.S. in math, all from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While his love of problem-solving and design translate well to civil engineering, he quit his job this year for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: joining the U.S. Paralympic soccer team in Rio.

Temple Grandin is an animal sciences professor and inventor whose innovations have influenced the worlds of both animal husbandry and autism treatment. …

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