Cecilia Aragon is an award-winning author and engineering professor at the University of Washington.

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Dr. Cecilia Aragon has worked with Nobel Prize winners, taught astronauts to fly and created musical simulations of the universe with rock stars. Her major awards for research, and a stint at NASA designing software for Mars missions, led President Obama to call her "one of the top scientists and engineers" in the United States.

Aragon's memoir, Flying Free, shares her own journey of breaking past her own fears to become a champion aerobatic pilot. Her book, Writers in the Secret Garden, takes a close look at the fascinating world of fanfiction to explore how young people express themselves.

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