Lieutenant Mirasta Yale

Name: Mirasta Yale
Rank: Lieutenant junior grade
Position: Engineer USS Curie

Starfleet History
2368: Enters Starfleet Academy
2373: Graduates Starfleet Academy
2374: Assigned to Starbase 47 as Engineer
2378: Promoted to Lieutenant junior grade
2379: Reassigned to USS Curie

Personal History
By 2367, she became the Administrator of the Space Bureau and Minister to Chancellor Avel Durken. Yale had the distinction of overseeing the Malcorian's warp program. Yale had dreamed of space flight ever since being nine years old, when her parents took her to a planetarium. This was an extreme motivator for her career, and she became dedicated to getting her people to the stars. In 2367, She was preparing to start the experimental phase for their first warp-capable ship. She presented her plan to Chancellor Durken for funding in the presence of Minister Krola and other staff. Saying the prototype design was finished, she would need ten months to build it. She was very optimistic, but Krola countered, saying the progress was going too fast. It was during this time that the United Federation of Planets had covert observers to prepare for first contact. When Commander William T. Riker, working with them, came up missing, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Deanna Troi made private first contact with Yale in one of her labs, ahead of schedule. They took her aboard the USS Enterprise-D, told her of the Federation's plans, gave her a tour, and then informed her of their missing crewman. She took the information with ease, if shocked, and agreed to help if she could. However, she recommended not to inform Durken, as he would likely defer to Krola, who would be antagonistic due to his own political agenda. She brought Picard to see the Chancellor, and they both told him all the same information, except for Riker. They took Durken aboard the Enterprise as well. She left Durken there to attempt to find Riker. Later, when Krola revealed that he found Riker to Durken, Yale then admitted she knew of his existence and that of other Federation people on the planet. She went with Krola to Riker and objected to Krola's order to revive him. When Krola continued anyway, Yale went to Durken and informed him of Riker's critical condition, that interrogating him may kill him. Durken then gave Riker's position to Picard and he was returned. However, due to Krola's attempted self-inflicted martyrdom, Yale was forced to see Durken decide to postpone the warp program, and therefore first contact. Yale pleaded to be allowed to depart with the Enterprise-D. Picard agreed and had Worf assign her quarters.

With Captain Picard sponsoring her she was admitted into Starfleet Academy the following year where she thought it was the logical choice to major in engineering. To say she struggled at the Academy would be an understatement. It took her five years to complete the four year program. Her first assignment had her wind up on a Starbase of all places. Mirasta was miserable on the Starbase and her Chief did nothing to make it a better experience. Finally after almost five years she was promoted to Lieutenant junior grade. In late 2379 her requests were finally approved for her to transfer to a starship when she was given the assignment on the newly launched Curie. Her former Chief didn't let her leave without a parting shot that she would be in over her head on the Curie and that a career as a warp specialist would be more in her wheelhouse.

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