## Career Spotlight

**Kenneth Armijo
**

*Solar Energy Engineer*

#### What is your job and for whom do you work?

I work at Sandia National Laboratories as a solar energy engineer. My team and I work to invent new technologies to provide electricity to more people, for less money, and in a clean way that doesn’t harm the environment.

#### What math skills are most helpful to you in your work?

Every project starts with the engineering design process, where we plan out what we need to build. I need math to help me measure components and calculate the amount of materials I need. Math also allows us to calculate how efficient our technologies are at turning the sun’s energy into electricity.

#### What has helped you be successful in math?

The math I learned in school provided me with a foundation that helped me better understand science and engineering. Now I get to travel the world and make people’s lives better through solar technologies.

#### What advice do you have for parents about math?

Sometimes even simple math problems can turn into extraordinary technologies and lead to incredible adventures for whoever dares to solve them!