|St. Cloud, MN|
|RRM Project Manager|
What kind of work do you do as "RRM Project Manager"?
I have the pleasure of managing multiple tasks-from large projects such as the Robotic Refueling Mission, to small tasks such as the research and development of new robotics tools and techniques needed for future NASA objectives.
What is your favorite part of the job?
Working as part of a team and seeing the results from many hours of hard work pay off in the form of a successful mission that applies real data to real life applications and students. For example, working on the Hubble Space Telescope program, it was a great moment when the first picture was released after a Servicing Mission. To know that you had a part in making that happen is very rewarding. Also, when you get the chance to look at the new science textbooks that students are using, and you know they have been updated with information learned by Hubble discoveries, it really makes you appreciate the wonderful opportunities we have at NASA to make a difference.
What first interested you in working for NASA?
The thrill of flying and space. I have always wanted to be an astronaut.
Where did you go to high school and college, and what degrees did you receive?
I graduated from Apollo High School. Then continued my education with M.S. Applied Physics, Johns Hopkins University, M.S. Engineering Management, University of Maryland University College, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of North Dakota
How did your education prepare you for your work at NASA?
I was fortunate to start my employment at NASA as a cooperative education student. Through the program, I was able to get real-time experience while going to school. This allowed me to understand how what we learn in school is directly related to the work that is done everyday at NASA. The best thing I can say to students is to never give up on your dream. If you want something, you need to be persistent and keep working hard. Someday your hard work will be noticed.
What made you want to work in satellite servicing, and what interests you the most about it?
I have always been drawn to challenging projects. After working on the Hubble Space Telescope program for over 10 years and witnessing firsthand the benefits of satellite servicing, transferring that knowledge to extending the life of other satellites is an exciting challenge.
How long have you been at NASA?
I started as a co-op student in 1992 and transferred full-time when I graduated in 1993. I have had the pleasure of working with the satellite servicing team since 1998, when I started working on the Hubble Space Telescope program.