Scientists and engineers talk about their career paths in the field of rocketry and their work at NASA.
Tom Benson -- Senior Research Engineer
Tom Benson writes, verifies and applies computational fluid dynamics for propulsion systems.
Arthur Brown -- Metallurgist
Arthur Brown uses special microscopes to figure out problems.
J. Stanley Cook Jr. -- Aerospace Engineer
J. Stanley Cook Jr. works on liquid propulsion systems at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Tristan Curry -- Aerospace Engineer
Tristan Curry tested critical space shuttle flight hardware at NASA while a student in college.
Philip Eberspeaker -- Chief of the NASA Sounding Rockets Program Office
Phil Eberspeaker works on suborbital rockets that launch scientific payloads to altitudes higher than the orbit of the space station.
Sandy Elam -- Aerospace Engineer
Sandy Elam researches rocket engines that could be used on new NASA missions.
Carl Guernsey -- Principal Engineer
Carl Guernsey is working on the highest-thrust spacecraft propulsion system that NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has ever built.
Lori Mullins -- Pyrotechnics Specialist
Lori Mullins is responsible for explosives that ignite the boosters to release the space shuttle from the launch pad.
Chris Randall -- Aerospace Engineer
Chris Randall helps with tests that ensure rocket parts and life support systems work as planned.
Sandeep Shah -- Materials and Manufacturing Engineer
Sandeep Shah's team built a rocket fuel tank dome using the world's largest robotic friction stir welding machines.
Phil Sumrall -- Rocket Scientist
Phil Sumrall leads rocket design efforts and space mission planning.
Imelda Terrazas-Salinas -- Test Engineer -- Thermal Protection Materials
Imelda Terrazas-Salinas is the leader of the test engineering group at the Thermosphysics Facilities Branch at NASA’s Ames Research Center.
Huu Phuoc Trinh -- Lead on Propulsion System for Robotic Lunar Lander Development Project
NASA's Dr. Huu Trinh is leading a team of engineers to develop a propulsion system for future robotic spacecraft.
Steve Wofford -- Rocket Engineer
Steve Wofford is the deputy manager of the Space Shuttle Main Engine Project Office.