Megan Harrington
Megan Harrington
Test Facilities Design Engineer, Blue Origin
WA

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Close Up
  • What I Do

    I support the design of test stands and launchpad systems for reusable space vehicles.

  • Why Engineering?

    I chose engineering because (a) it's challenging, (b) I like understanding how things work, and (c) am fascinated by the idea of humans exploring space.

  • School Days

    BS Mechanical Engineering from University of Nevada Reno
    MS in Engineering Science from the University of Queensland

  • My Day At Work

    Typical activities include design and analysis (i.e., fluids, thermo, heat transfer), conducting trade studies, assessing safety and hazardous operations, interfacing with customers and contractors, and project management.

  • Best Part

    Using well-understood scientific theories, laws and data and applying them to real-world problems to achieve results.

    Or more simply: I like building things, big explosions (controlled), and making things fly.

  • Proud Moments

    The big picture results: knowing the work our teams are accomplishing together will help expand human presence beyond Earth.

  • Challenges

    Getting over the fear of not knowing enough.

  • My Family

    My family are my role models and I wouldn't be here without them.

  • Dreams and Goals

    Build for space.
    Go to space.
    Work in space.

  • Inspiration

    My parents. They encouraged my brother and I to pursue our dreams and passions, and emphasized that we could be anything we wanted to be when we grew up. Having this freedom to dream up any future for ourselves provided the foundation to discover our passions.

  • Want to be an Engineer?

    Find what you're passionate about; it fuels you forward in the long run.

  • Hobbies

    I like to be outdoors and exploring as much as I can. Hobbies include running, hiking, swimming, snowboarding, paddle boarding, kayaking, rock hounding, stargazing, photography, painting, reading and learning something new. I have too many favorite books.

  • Additional Thoughts

    "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Biography
I'm a mechanical engineer with a focus in aerospace. I support the design of test stands and launch systems for reusable space vehicles and liquid propellant rocket engines at Blue Origin. In grad school, I studied scramjet combustion, CFD, and piston-driven shock tunnels with the Centre for Hypersonics at the University of Queensland. I worked at NASA Stennis Space Center supporting the hotfire test programs, including the RS-25 campaign for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) and prep for SLS core stage testing. Model rockets, fireworks, and stargazing in the rural deserts are where I started. Feel free to ask me anything.
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Education
Master of Engineering Science (focus in Aerospace); Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Mathematics
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.