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Staff Profile: Melissa Carter

Title: CFD Support Engineer

Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2001; MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, estimated graduation date 2010.

How long have you worked for Flow Science? I have been with Flow Science 15 months.

What is the best part of your job? The best part about my job is that I am always learning new ways to utilize our software. From inkjets to lava, it really is amazing.

What are you working on right now? A presentation on optimizing fluid flow for a ductile iron casting.

What is the most interesting tech support question you have ever received?
Why does my part float out of the domain when I set its density equal to the density of water?

Tell us about some of your interests outside Flow Science. When I am not a work, I enjoy watching NFL football, reading, playing guitar, watching horror movies, and going to rock concerts.

What is on your reading list? Do you have a recent favorite? I am currently reading a mystery by Martha Grimes called the Blue Last. My favorite set of books of all time is the epic adventure of Roland in Stephen King's Dark Tower Series.

Why did you choose to come to work for Flow Science? My passion for fluid analysis, the opportunity to enhance my knowledge, and the great atmosphere.

What are your most important accomplishments? My most important accomplishments are having my epitaph published in middle school, a short story published in high school, graduating college, and receiving awards at all my jobs. My next greatest accomplishment will be getting my Master's degree.

Who has the best Mexican food in New Mexico? My mom makes the best New Mexican food, but if I have to choose a restaurant it would be Sadie's in Albuquerque.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My greatest influence is my mother.  She doesn't let things in life get her down. She has taught me that family is most important, that I can achieve anything I set my mind to, and never to be afraid to ask questions, the worst anybody can tell you is no.

How would you describe yourself? A life-long friend describes me as strong, smart and kind--someone who is always there to help a friend in need but not to be taken advantage of.

What helps you get out of bed each morning? My will to live another adventurous day.