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Shayla Rivera Featured The Funny Rocket Scientist
Have you ever met a rocket scientist? If not, when you picture one you probably don’t see Shayla Rivera, who often stands in front of a crowd, not only talking to them but making them laugh as well.
Shayla Rivera's Puerto Rican parents, when they heard she was leaving aerospace engineering to become a comedian and motivational speaker, probably thought, "Houston, we have a problem ..."
Shayla Rivera said she got choked up driving around the Texas A&M campus the night before she would deliver Sunday's keynote address at the Student Conference on Latino Affairs.
What do you get when you cross a Puerto Rican mother, a rocket scientist, a stand-up comedian and an Aggie? You get former Texas A&M student Shayla Rivera, who shares her funny and fascinating journey from NASA to stand-up comedy, and gives insights into her life as a Latina.
Shayla Rivera, an engineer-turned-comedian, was the keynote speaker Monday at the annual MathMovesU Day put on for students by Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo.