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DREAMFINDERS: Aerospace Engineer Mary Kate Smith Talks Science, Nerd Culture & Disney’s Space Attractions

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You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand why people love Disney, but, if you are one, it certainly can give you a unique perspective.

Aerospace engineer Mary Kate Smith has worked for the likes of NASA and Lockheed Martin, but in her spare time you’ll find her flying through the stars over on Space Mountain. In fact, Mission Space even played a key role in her graduate dissertation. But if you think that’s nerdy, you don’t know the half of it as Mary Kate also matched wits with chemists and bioengineers as a contestant on the reality TV show “King of the Nerds”

Mary Kate was kind enough to talk with me about her reality TV experience, the future of space exploration, and what kind of Disney theme park nerd she believes herself to be.

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