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Anita Abrego

Anita Abrego

Lummi and Quinault

Anita was born in Houston, Texas and the yourngest of 7 children. While in high school, she moved to the Lummi Reservation, located just outside of Ferndale, Washington. Anita enjoyed playing basketball and softball, attended as many powwows as possible, and is a fancy shawl dancer. Anita's first internship experience began at NASA in 1991, where she learned about rotorcraft flight testing. She returned to Ames each summer, gaining experience in the areas of finite element analysis, modal testing, neural networks, flight testing, and wind tunnel testing. Anita is currently working as researcher and test director for various rotor tests in the 7- by 10-foot wind tunnel. Being the first in her family to go to college, she learned about many of the educational opportunites that are available. In doing so, Anita has been able to share that knowledge with others in her family and in her community.


Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington
Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado

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