Misty Davies, Ph.D.
Misty Davies grew up wanting to be a veterinarian, writer, Mommy, and scientist --- but most of all to be someone whose work makes the world a better place. She is fulfilling that dream by discovering how to make sure that the programs we design and use for flight really do what they are supposed to do. Dr. Davies is a Research Computer Engineer at NASA Ames Research Center. On her way to working at NASA, she was a Shakespearean actress, a waitress, and a veterinary technician. She also sold hotel rooms rooms at the Grand Canyon and managed a gas station. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Arizona University, where she studied how to make cargo-carrying helicopters safer. From there, she went to Stanford University and received degrees in Aerospace and Astrospace Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering. Along the way, she studied how albatrosses fly across the ocean without flapping their wings and why rubber is so stretchy. She also became a Mommy and learns from her two children something new every day. All of this learning from so many diverse areas aids her in thinking of new and different ways to help NASA make the world a better place.