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

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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.
Latest Questions
  • Tosin, Lagos

    Added Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    I want to become an aeronautical engineer but my mom is advising me to study mechanical engineering so as to keep my options open. So now I am wondering, if I study mechanical engineering can I still become an aeronautical engineer?
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    Megan Harrington, Blue Origin
    Answered Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM
    Hi Tosin!
    
    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 ...
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  • Kelly, Cape Town asked Megan Harrington, Blue Origin

    Added Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Hi there! I'm fascinated with your bio and career. You sound incredible and the work you do is amazing. I'm 26 and looking to go back to university to do a degree in mechanical engineering. I'm spending the next couple of years redoing high school maths and science in preparation. I'm a South African and I want to work with rockets and propulsion systems. I know aerospace and defence industries outside of SA are largely off the cards because I'm not a citizen of the USA, for example. However, ...
    Related to Choosing a Degree, Nuclear, Preparation for College, Special fields and Interdisciplinary
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    Megan Harrington, Blue Origin
    Answered Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6:59 AM
    Hi Kelly!
    
    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 ...
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  • Alexis, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Added Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    I'm a high school junior who is conflicted about what engineering to go into. I am currently in an engineering class to see what it's like to get different projects from different fields and so far my favorites have been chemical, aerospace, and mechanical. I was wondering if you could give me some insight about your field of study. What is your normal day like? How was your college experience? Are there any problems or discrimination you have faced? Thank you!
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    Megan Harrington, Blue Origin
    Answered Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM
    Hi Alexis! 
    
    That's great to hear! I can guarantee that almost every engineer has been in your shoes at some point! Luckily, if you find your interests spanning across multiple engineering "disciplines," that's quite alright because there are areas ...
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