Naia Butler-Craig holding a rocket. Photo provided by Naia Butler-Craig.
Naia Butler-Craig holding a rocket. Photo provided by Naia Butler-Craig.

Naia Butler-Craig is an Aerospace Engineering PhD student at Georgia Tech and NASA pathways intern. She is involved in numerous STEAM/Space outreach organizations and runs an educational Instagram page called @blackgirlsinstem

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

Pro-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

YESS! 1 Maltese named Tiffany and 1 pit bull named Chaos

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Plenty. One of my faves are a handmade mission patch blanket!

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Cooking

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Sweet

7 Do you speak any other languages?

Yes! German 🙂

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Dance!

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

Astrophysics all day!

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

Home ❤

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Mind reading

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

HIDDEN FIGURES all day.

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Play Saints Row … 4. Don’t judge me

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Lipgloss, Bible, and a tape measure

15 What beverage gives you life?

My version of a Mai Tai, a Nai Tai

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

Beloved

17 What did you want to be be when you grew up?

Astronaut

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Space and its ability to unify across so many different boundaries.

19 What got you excited in science?

My first exposure to science was condensation on the mirrors during the shower after learning about the water cycle! Since, I’ve been fascinated by most of it!

20 What excites you about science now?

Understanding the world!

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Getting tattoos

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I can watch a whole season of a good show in a day or less.

23 What is your favorite game?

Saints Row

24 What is the last book you read?

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Find and use your voice!

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Start a vlog

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Trust the process.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Watch movies or build rockets. No in-between

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Wreck it Ralph

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

A portable scale.

31 What is your favorite animal?

I love them all but dogs hit different.

32 What is your favorite book?

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Italian Ice

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Christmas!

35 What is your favorite plant?

Lilies

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Space exploration influenced and help pave the way for a bunch of different industries including medicine!

37 What is your favorite season?

Fall

38 What is your favorite smell?

Lavender

39 What is your favorite sound?

A car with a nice engine

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I’m surrounded by amazing people

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

Love

42 What is your proudest moment?

Getting a job at NASA after my freshman year in college

43 What kind of tree would you be?

A palm tree

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

Palm trees

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

My fathers side of the family is from Trinidad

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

@Pinkrocketship