Listen to Rachel (Trojahn) Gupton ‘09 on STEM Southwest Podcast
Rachel (Trojahn) Gupton, Class of 2009, was recently featured on a STEM Southwest podcast! She gives a 24-minute talk about the extraordinary work she does with Bosque and shares why she is so passionate about our school. Listen to the podcast here!
Rachel earned a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an MS in Electrical and Computing Engineering both from University of Arizona. Her passion for engineering was also exhibited outside the classroom as a member of Women in Science and Engineering and the Society of Women Engineers. She is currently in the process of obtaining a professional certificate from Georgia Tech.
As an electrical engineer at Sandia National Labs, Rachel works in satellite systems and leads the effort to build a satellite payload. Her team’s mission is to monitor nuclear detonations. She described working with space and science as “the best” and is inspired to work “to protect our national security every day.”
Rachel shared that her Senior Thesis project at Bosque helped drive her passion for space and science and really made her investigate the universe, which is a large part of why she loves her job. “Bosque taught me to love the process of learning and it’s why I still crave education, which is why I’m working towards a professional certificate from GA Tech,” said Rachel. She also expressed that Mr. Middleton and Mr. Benjamin had a significant influence in her life, saying that they “made math so fun for me and inspired me to love math!”
Rachel said that her Winterim trips to New York, DC, and Puerto Rico were some of her favorite memories from her time at Bosque—she even still texts her friends inside jokes from those trips! A few members of the Class of 2009 she keeps in contact with include Kathryn Kelly, Adrian McNamara, Mike Leifeste, Kyle Valley, and Sarah Benson.
In her spare time, Rachel enjoys hanging out with friends, travelling with her husband, and getting involved with the community. She says she’s “looking forward to starting a family in Albuquerque and continuing to travel, love our jobs, and be philanthropic.”