Meet a NASA Glenn Employee: Ashlie McVetta
Thousands of talented, dedicated and passionate people work at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. They are rocket scientists and engineers. They are researchers and physicists and chemists. They are aviation specialists, public affairs officers, administrative assistants, security officers, logistics managers and more. With countless specializations in myriad fields, the people of Glenn share one goal: working for the public in support of NASA's mission.
The diverse Glenn workforce is comprised of civil servants and on-site support contractors. Workers perform a large variety of different jobs at NASA Glenn. "My Job at NASA Glenn" is a series that introduces some of these workers. Learn about different employees and the interesting jobs they perform, and how their education prepared them to make unique and important contributions to NASA.
Aerospace Research Engineer in the Turbomachinery and Heat Transfer Branch
What that means:
I work on research that involves testing advanced turbine blade designs for the next generation aircraft engines. The data from these tests are used to better understand the turbine aerodynamic and heat transfer phenomenon and is also used to validate Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) codes to increase the prediction capabilities.
This work is part of the Fundamental Aeronautics Program under the Subsonic Fixed Wing project.
What I do:
I am an experimentalist, and I am currently working on turbine heat transfer tests in the Transonic Turbine Blade Cascade Facility. The heat transfer data will be used to verify CFD analysis. The goal of this technology is to improve fuel burn and efficiency of aircraft engines.
The coolest / most interesting part of my job is:
I love being involved and experiencing technology developing right in front of me. I enjoy working with industry helping to advance aerospace technologies. Knowing that I can be a part of something that can impact the world is really inspiring.
The accomplishment that I am most proud of is:
Being able to have the opportunity to work at a fantastic organization such as NASA. I love coming into work every day. I am constantly learning and working on cutting edge projects.
A Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education helped me by:
A STEM education has helped me realize my dreams of working at NASA. Ever since I was little, the sky has drawn me in and I knew NASA was where I wanted to be. I was searching for a career path I could have at NASA, and when I was little it ranged from being an astronaut to a meteorologist to an engineer. Once I set my sights on engineering, I used my STEM education to explore opportunities, such as internships, which helped me down my career path.
Good advice for students, including STEM students, is:
My advice to any student is to dream big—you are never too young to start thinking about and preparing for the kind of career you would like to have. Study hard, stay focused, be determined, get involved and take opportunities. Find shadowing opportunities, internships, co-ops, side jobs, anything that can help give you an idea of what your "dream job" would be like. Stay on track. I have found that making a roadmap of how I plan to achieve my ideal job is the best tool to keep me on track and focused. It's true when people say that if you do what you love you'll never work a day in your life!
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