Ashley Durand

I'm a passionate engineer currently fulfilling my lifelong dream of being a rocket scientist as a mechanical designer at SpaceX. I work on avionics hardware development for Dragon and get equal thrill programming in ANSYS and walking in a spacecraft.

I'm a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I studied bio-inspired composites as part of a master's program in mechanical engineering. I helped develop flexible protective coatings inpired by nature for defense applications. I earned my B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, where I graduated second in my class and developed an affinity for cowboy boots.

I enjoy finite element modeling, laser cutting, spatial problems, interior design, floral arrangements, videos of cats on the internet, and being married to a Disney Imagineer.

Ashley Durand