If you want to work in the STEM field, one of the best places to do that is at the NASA Glenn Research Center here in Cleveland. It's where some of the best minds in the country work.

WKYC's Betsy Kling recently sat down with the deputy director of research and engineering at NASA, Dr. Marla Perez-Davis, who shared her STEM story.

"When I started school, math and science were my passion," she said. "I always wanted to be an engineer."

A native of Puerto Rico, Perez-Davis cites language and cultural barriers as the biggest obstacles in her career. However, she managed to overcome both through perseverance.

"There's always something to gain when you do something that is different," she said.

When asked what advice she would give to young girls who want to go into STEM, she said it's important for them to be confident in their own abilities as well as to always keep learning.

"Be curious and ask a lot of questions," she said. "Ask as many questions as you can. That's the best way to learn."