I support the design of test stands and launchpad systems for reusable space vehicles.
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.
BS Mechanical Engineering from University of Nevada Reno
MS in Engineering Science from the University of Queensland
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.
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.
The big picture results: knowing the work our teams are accomplishing together will help expand human presence beyond Earth.
Getting over the fear of not knowing enough.
My family are my role models and I wouldn't be here without them.
Build for space.
Go to space.
Work in space.
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.
Find what you're passionate about; it fuels you forward in the long run.
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.
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Added Friday, November 17, 2017 at 1:14 AM
There is no age limit to furthering education. I'm similarly interested in going back to school and am in my 30's. As long as you've got the drive to pursue it, there's no limit! I hope you consider pursuing the degree...and if you do it, ...
Added Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM
First off, that's great to hear you're going for engineering!
Good news: you can still work in aerospace as a mechanical engineer. That's what I did. You can also go to grad school for aeronautical engineering and have both engineering ...
Added Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6:59 AM
First off, high five for taking the first steps towards achieving your goal. Secondly, and to answer your question, heck no, your career plan is not ludicrous! That's not to say it won't be challenging, but that's a true statement for anyone ...