|High School:||Stanton College Prep|
As a Junior (2012-13):
Played in one game - Bethany Lutheran (12/30
As a Sophomore (2011-2012):
Played in 14 games for Caltech last season...Played a career high 12 minutes against Whittier College on 1/28/12...Recorded her first career assist against Texas Lutheran on 12/16/11
As a First-Year (2010-2011):
Made her Caltech debut against Southwestern College on 12/3/10...Played in three games for the Beavers
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering major...Plans on attending graduate school and eventually becoming an astronaut...Lists her hobbies as dancing, flying airplances, and getting kids interested in math, science, and engineering...Vice President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering...President of Robogals...Lists her favorite team as the Jacksonville Jaguars and her favorite player as their running back Maurice Jones-Drew...Her biggest influences have been Neil Armstrong and Eileen Collins...Her most exciting research project was working to construct a stage to test magnetometers that could possibly be going on a mission to Mars in the near future...Daughter of Rajiv & Mamta Gupta...Has a sister named Monica
Prefect job after graduation: Astronaut!
If you had TIVO in your room, what is the TV show you set it for? Ghost Whisperer or Quantum Leap
If Hollywood was making a movie about you, who would play you and what would the name of the movie be? Parminder Nagra would play me and it would be titled To Mars and Beyond!
Tattoos? Mars; because it’s amazing
and I want to go there!
If you were a superhero, what would your hero name be and what would your power be? Celestial Wind; to be able to go into space without wearing a spacesuit.
If you found a magic lantern, complete with magic genie, what would your three wishes be?
1. For my family and me to be healthy and happy (of course!)
2. To become an astronaut and the first person on Mars
3. To be an inspiration to others (especially kids!)
What is the one invention that you wish you had been the person to invent? Airplane
Favorite athlete? Dara Torres. She was/is so determined! She didn’t let her age keep her from participating in the Olympics AND she got nine medals!)
Favorite scientist? Marie Curie. I admire her persistence and the fact that she made huge strides for women in science.
Who is the person in your life that is the most responsible for helping you to be who you are today? There hasn’t been just one person; but my parents have definitely influenced who I am today. Their most significant contribution has been their encouragement and support of my dream of becoming an astronaut.
Favorite Quote? “It’s not who’s going to let me, it’s who’s going to stop me.” ~Ayn Rand
Why is math or science so you? Because math and science allow me to combine my love of logic, creativity, curiosity, and discipline.
What is your favorite time period in history? The Space Age (1957-1973); so many developments were made so quickly in the space industry as a result of competition and we haven’t been able to reach that pace (again) yet.
If you could meet anyone who would you want to have coffee with? Neil Armstrong
Favorite family tradition? Celebrating Diwali (Indian festival of lights) with grandparents every year.
What makes you laugh so hard you can’t stop or you end up doubled over? The phrase “Negative Nelly”
What is the best advice your parents have ever given you? Be patient. Always aim high.