Shaigh Sisk: Keeping the Wheels Turning in Projects and Pottery

Venture help specialist Shaigh Sisk helps maintain issues working in Goddard’s Exploration and Area Communications Initiatives division – and in her free time, she retains the pottery wheel turning, fusing science and artwork in her creations.

Identify: Shaigh Sisk

Title: Planner / Scheduler, Optical to Orion Venture, Laser-Enhanced Mission Navigation and Operational Providers (LEMNOS)

Group: Exploration and Area Communications Initiatives (ESC) Division, Code 450

What do you do and what’s most attention-grabbing about your position right here at Goddard? How do you assist help Goddard’s mission?

I present administrative help to division administration and scientists on a number of duties and tasks. I additionally facilitate and streamline processes for official authorities journey and authorities purchases utilizing a authorities bank card.

What’s your academic background? How did you come to Goddard?

In 2017, I earned a bachelor’s diploma from College of Maryland College School in environmental administration. My dream job by means of faculty was to work for the Chesapeake Bay Basis, the place I began working in 2017 supporting their schooling division. In 2019, after a good friend who labored at Goddard stated how a lot she liked working right here, I got here to Goddard into my present place due to larger alternatives.

What’s the most attention-grabbing work you’ve got accomplished at Goddard?

I began shortly earlier than the COVID shutdown and related restrictions. I needed to navigate the COVID insurance policies when it comes to authorities journey and buying, which have modified during the last two years. One profit is that checking out these new processes and restrictions have allowed me to work with a large number of folks at Goddard.

Who’re your mentors?

Till just lately, I straight supported Stephanie Getty, the director of our division. Her place retains evolving so I’ve to maintain up along with her. She is good! She helps so many superb scientific ventures and is an exceptional chief. She actually cares in regards to the folks within the workforce as people.

I used to be 5 months pregnant with my first little one in March 2020 as we went into lockdown. Stephanie is a superb position mannequin, as she is a working mother of two in a management place. She is at all times very understanding about work-life steadiness and is an inspiration, particularly on actually onerous days, to do your greatest and maintain going ahead. She has really useful me for alternatives to seek the advice of with different people within the directorate’s workplace to streamline insurance policies and processes regarding journey.

Additionally, Juri Schauermann, the assistant director, has inspired me and offered alternatives to work on duties that constantly enhance my abilities. Juri creates a piece surroundings that’s enjoyable and environment friendly. She is a tremendous feminine position mannequin balancing a profitable profession and a household of six. I really feel grateful to have her as a supportive mentor but additionally as a good friend.

What do you want most about working at Goddard?

It will be my group of individuals. Our entrance workplace group may be very supportive and tight knit. I really feel lucky to work with individuals who look out for one another, and they’re actually my work household The very first thing we do Monday morning is meet up with one another as a bunch to go over what our week appears like and type a sport plan. We ask about one another’s weekends, holidays, and kids. Except for everybody being superb people, we’re all spectacular at what we do and maintain the division working tremendous clean. The tradition of Goddard is simply unmatched.

The place do you hope to be in 5 years?

Over the subsequent few years, I need to discover and develop abilities in undertaking administration. In 5 years, I need to have gained expertise in main tasks and duties that I’m enthusiastic about and proceed to work with folks at Goddard inside completely different disciplines. What I like about my present place is that after solely three years, I’ve been uncovered to so many avenues.

What are your hobbies?

In my spare time I like spending time at a neighborhood pottery studio close to my home and creating new varieties on the pottery wheel. I hope to in the future have my very own little pottery studio at my home the place I can have a spot to be artistic and proceed to observe a craft I began doing in highschool. I like the chance that pottery supplies to mesh creativity and science. 

After you create your type, all of it comes right down to chemistry. One of the attention-grabbing examples of chemistry in pottery that I’ve skilled is Raku firing. That is an historic Japanese ceramics approach that makes use of a mix of excessive warmth, combustibles, and hunger of oxygen to create distinctive and random colours inside the glaze relying on how the completely different parts react.

The place is your favourite place on the earth and why?

Wherever close to water. I discover water very tranquil and stress-free, and I like how my senses come alive after I’m close to it. I’m fascinated with the completely different ecosystems that exist inside and round water. A visit to the state of Washington to see killer and humpback whales swim freely of their pure habitat was an unexplainable expertise for me. My journey locations are at all times chosen round what aquatic creatures I can work together with. My dream place to go to could be the Galapagos Islands.

What’s your “six-word memoir”? A six-word memoir describes one thing in simply six phrases.

Dive in, the water is nice!

Editor’s Notice: On the time of this interview, Shaigh labored as a lead undertaking help specialist within the Photo voltaic System Exploration Division, and her solutions mirror her work at the moment. As of February 2023, she now works because the planner and scheduler for the Optical to Orion undertaking within the Laser-Enhanced Mission Navigation and Operational Providers (LEMNOS) workplace, whereas nonetheless supporting the SSED workplace group.

Conversations With Goddard is a set of Q&A profiles highlighting the breadth and depth of NASA’s Goddard Area Flight Middle’s proficient and various workforce. The Conversations have been revealed twice a month on common since Might 2011. Learn previous editions on Goddard’s “Our Folks” webpage.

By Elizabeth M. Jarrell
NASA’s Goddard Area Flight Middle, Greenbelt, Md.

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