Mechanical Engineer: Alena graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Robotics as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Physics. She has consistently applied her problem solving abilities in the Aerospace Industry through her work at Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, Sierra Nevada Corporation and the Naval Research Laboratory. Along with her strong desire to explore new frontiers, leading Alena to focus on the exploration of space, she has also remained grounded in her community. After receiving a full scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Alena set her sights to help others receive the resources they need to reach their full potential. This desire to aid others extended beyond the microcosm of her University. In 2011, Alena embarked on a trip to Haiti to implement a solar powered water purification system. She now strives to increase her global impact through the One Community team and helping design the net-zero water-saving community bathroom model.