Women in Model Making: Jennifer Moran
submitted by Samanthi Martinez
Jennifer Moran, Johns Hopkins University – Applied Physics Lab
“I would encourage everyone to do an internship,” says Jennifer. “There are so many advantages to being totally immersed in your field of interest, plus you have the opportunity to pick the brains of all your experienced coworkers!”
Jennifer learned of model making while still unsure of what she wanted to do with her career. She had taken a couple years to save money for school and was ready to start the search but wanted to find something that she would enjoy doing every day.
“I am a ‘hands on’ person,” Jennifer says, “and have always loved being in my own world creating.” She started her search by speaking to an advisor at NWTC. He pointed her in the direction of engineering but she still wanted something more hands on. “As I scrolled through the list of programs,” she recalls, “Prototype and Design popped out to me. It had variety and offered the opportunity for me to use my problem solving skills and work with a variety of materials and different processes. I decided to take a chance with it, curiosity getting the better of me, and I am very happy I did!”
Jennifer enjoys the variety of skills and techniques that model making brings to her work. She says she plans to keep learning and improving her skills day-to-day. “I feed off of my coworkers’ many years of experience and try to experiment with some of my own ideas too,” she explains.
This young model maker most enjoys working with her hands, using her creativity to figure out a new way of doing things, problem solving and collaborating with teammates, and the feeling of satisfaction when a project is completed. “I love that there is always something to learn,” she adds.
Jennifer has some insights to share with other young people entering the field of model making:
Jennifer also adds some particularly valuable advice to young women model makers: “As a woman, don’t feel like you have to make up for your lack of masculinity in some way. Femininity is cool. If someone makes you feel any lesser for it, show them that it’s not just a ‘man’s job’. Skill comes with practice and seeking.”