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Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research (HYPER) Lab Dr. Jacob Leachman

Cassandra (Casey) Evans grabbed the ropes and took control in the lab, quite literally. During her first work time in the lab we were removing a large pressure vessel high up on the wall with the overhead crane. Of course it was stuck and required pulling, when it came loose I fell down and the entire pressure vessel began sliding on the crane rails towards the windows. Casey grabbed the chains and saved the day — which would become a pattern.

As a sophomore Casey had to specially request to take the senior level rocket design technical elective I offered. Before the end of the semester she was running one of the three teams. Her leadership and initiative so impressed Iris Bombelyn (retired VP of Space from Lockheed-Martin) that she was offered a job straight out of grad school.

Rumor is she’s got control of the reins of her own group after just 6 months. Thanks Casey!

Washington State University