April Blackwell

April Blackwell

International Space Station Attitude Determination and Control Officer, Lockheed Martin / NASA
Houston, TX
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  • Nastya asked April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA

    Added Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 4:45 AM

    Hello! I'm a high school student currently. On the one hand, I like space and engineering a lot, and pursuing AE major and then working on a space agency like NASA or SpaceX is the biggest dream of mine. On the other hand, I'm afraid to pick something that is not really mine or not what I've expected. Please help me out!
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  • Delia, CivilI Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center/Bucharest asked April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA

    Added Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    My question for you is: How hard is it for someone who doesn't have American citizenship to get a job at NASA, or any other Aerospace job? I'm 24, I'm an Aerospace Engineer curently studying a Master in Air Transport Engineering, but as you know there's not too much aerospace going on in Romania. Therefore I'm intrested in the chances I have for practicing in the field I've studied because at this point the future doesn't seem that bright.
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  • George, Treforest asked April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA

    Added Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Dear April I am a 2nd Year Aeronautical Engineering Student at the University of Southwales in the UK. As of next year I will have graduated from my course, but it got me thinking whether or not I chose the right uni. I am well aware that the uni that I am enrolled in is by far not a good one for Aeronautical Engineering. I have also discussed this with some members of staff and unfortunately they agree. Me and my course leader are trying to change this but not much is happening from the ...
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  • Elysia , Telford asked April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA

    Added Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    I have always wanted to become someone like you who works for nasa as an engineer I'm still in high school but my question is how did you ignore all the comments about how girls shouldn't be engineers? because all my friends think I'm crazy wanting to do a "mans" job
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    April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA
    Answered Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 3:28 PM
    Hi Elysia!!
    
    What a great question! 
    
    First, you should tell all your friends that engineering is not a "man's" job!! My advice is to search out exactly what you want to do (being an engineer at NASA is my personal top choice ;-), and then do it - no ...
  • Christina, Sacramento asked April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA

    Added Monday, August 15, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Did you need to have any type of military experience, as far as your career goes?
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    April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA
    Answered Monday, August 15, 2016 at 6:00 PM
    Hi Christina! Thanks for your question! The "Bottom-Line-Up-Front" or "BLUF" as they like to say in the military, is no. So far I have been able to do lots of cool things without military experience - including flying aboard experimental Army ...
  • Christina, Sacramento asked April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA

    Added Monday, August 15, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Hi April! I'm 24 years old and I'm sort going through a point in my life where I have no idea what it is I want to do anymore. I've only gone to a city college where I've done general education and was gearing up to working towards studying accounting. However, it isn't something that I have much interest in. I've always had interest in astronomy but have no real form of education in it. I guess what I'm trying to ask is, at this very time and moment, is it too late to start from virtually ...
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    April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA
    Answered Monday, August 15, 2016 at 5:57 PM
    Hi Christina!!
    
    As cliche as it may sound, it is never too late to change your mind and pursue something you are passionate about!! You will probably be working for decades so it is wise to choose something that interests and excites you! With all of ...
  • Misbah, New Delhi, India asked April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA

    Added Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Hello. I'm Misbah, an Indian high school girl and I love space! And I wanna work for NASA as an astronaut (perhaps a mission specialist) in future. The dream is pretty much clear hitherto, but there are some puzzle pieces which still need to be perfected on the whole. I feel privileged to ask you that being an Indian I will have to get the US citizenship, how will it be done exactly? I hope it is possible. Secondly, after my high school I'll be doing PhD in aerospace engineering, so is there ...
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  • Alaura, California

    Added Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Hello, How difficult is the transition from high school to college? I am a straight A student who wants to study either aerospace/mechanical engineering or physics. I have heard that keeping a high GPA and not being daunted by the advanced engineering courses is very difficult. Is this true? I have always been a high preforming student and am afraid that I may do badly in college. Did any of you engineers experience these difficulties? If so, how did you overcome it? Thank you for your ...
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    April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA
    Answered Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 7:12 PM
    Hi Alaura!!
    
    I can definitely relate to your situation, I was also a straight A student in high school without too much effort. However, you are already ahead of me by realizing NOW that college is going to be a big change from high school - I didn't ...