Reach, Strive, Achieve: Sandra Cauffman’s TEDx Talk


On October 23, 2014, Sandra Cauffman was invited to talk at the TEDx​ PuraVidaJoven at the National Auditorium in San Jose, Costa Rica, where she was born. Her story is how a Costa Rican girl from a poor family nurtured an improbable dream about space travel, and despite the obstacles, made that dream come true.

Sandra’s determination and perseverance fueled her ability to achieve what many people thought she should not even consider.

Sandra is currently the GOES-R Deputy System Program Director at NASA’s Goddard​ Space Flight Center. She previously served as Deputy Project Manager for MAVEN.

A four-time recipient of the NASA Acquisition Improvement Award, Sandra has been awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and the NASA Exceptional Leadership Medal. She is a Senior Fellow on the Council for Excellence in Government. Sandra received a B.S. in Physics, a B.S in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering, all from George Mason University.

(Video credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)

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