03.21.13 - As Dennis Bushnell, Chief Scientist at NASA's Langley Research Center, nears his 50th year at the center he's feeling reflective — about feeling reflective.
02.22.12 - According to Myers-Briggs, only 2.1 percent of the world's adult population falls into the personality category of INTJ (introversion, intuition, thinking, judgment), making it an uncommon personality type.
1.18.13 - And that's where Abeyounis's story jumps from Moon launches to being "on some one-sided conversations with Mr. McEnroe" — as in tennis legend John McEnroe.
12.19.12 - When 2011 was coming to an end, Adrianne Flinn, fitness specialist at NASA’s Langley Research Center, had a conversation with a center employee about his plans to travel the world with his wife after his retirement.
11.17.12 - Cornelia Altenbuchner is a die-hard engineer.
10.30.12 - When he was still just a little boy, David Kratz would walk to a local railroad crossing with his grandfather and dream of driving one of the big, powerful locomotives.
10.11.12 - Amber and Noah Favaregh engineered their happily ever after at NASA's Langley Research Center.
09.14.12 - Growing up on the Gulf Coast, Doug Stanley can remember fleeing with his family to his grandparent's house in 1969 when Hurricane Camille, the first modern Category 5 hurricane to ever receive a person's name when making landfall in the United States, was headed their way.
08.21.12 - Chris Kuhl had to remind himself to blink as he closely watched a screen showing MEDLI (Mars Science Laboratory Entry Descent and Landing Instrumentation) data, and monitored tones outside of the "war room" at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
08.03.12 - There are two things that Howie Lewis encounters often: flight researchers' safety, and on-center deer.
07.17.12 - Since Sarah Pauls began working for the Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) program, more than 1,300 students have participated in LARSS.
06.29.12 - For some, the impact of their work at NASA can be tense. Jennifer Noble, a space systems engineer, was no exception as she tried to keep things from going awry on a space station 250 miles above Earth.
06.15.12 - For Melissa Yang, a chemist at NASA's Langley Research Center, there really is no place like home.
05.31.12 - It begins with family, with a daughter who is learning to play tennis and to drive, and a husband who depends on wife Susan Conry to keep his business going.
05.18.12 - The picture of Kylie and Peyton is near her desk, along with more than a dozen others of her family.
05.04.12 - In Shaquia Idlett's perfect world, she wouldn't have to fly, but she would have a profound impact on improving flight for others.
04.27.12 - Carol Castle was scared. This had started as a talk with an elementary school class in Elkhorn City, Ky., but then the word got out and busses came from Feds Creek and now she was in a gymnasium, standing in front of 400 children.
04.20.12 - More than 15 years ago, Jorge Otero, took a giant leap of faith for a friend.
04.13.12 - He has or is named on more than 30 U.S. patents for new materials and technology, a result of product of what he calls a "personality trait." "I can see things from beginning to end," Rob Bryant said.
04.06.12 - Melissa Latta works and lives under the notion that it takes up too much energy to carry hard feelings.
03.30.12 - Growing up in Florida, Jessica Taylor was fascinated by the flashes of light in the sky that came with a storm.
03.23.12 - One moment Jennifer Trinkle is making travel arrangements for scientists doing a field research campaign, and the next she is walking alongside Lark, her son's therapy horse.
03.16.12 - He works sort in a place, doing a job few outside NASA's Langley Research Center -- for that matter, inside -- know about. Chad Stephens doesn't create technology that becomes airplanes or spacecraft.
03.08.12 - Robert "Bobby" Martin didn't wake up thinking "my life is going to change today" when he went to a career day at NASA's Langley Research Center with his Denbigh High School drafting class in 2008.
03.02.12 - Kelsey Rooks was once a wildly curious child who planted many seeds of interest.
02.24.12 - On June 24, 2008, Angela Wills, a budget analyst for NASA Langley's Office of Chief Financial Officer, looked to the wall above her son's crib and read, "A Dream Come True."
02.17.12 - Angel Henderson and his colleagues were watching the film "Waiting for Superman," which takes a critical look at the U.S. education system. That's when the idea to change the system came up.
02.10.12 - When Paula Rawles left NASA's Langley Research Center on a Friday in June of 2004, she never imagined that it would be about 2 1/2 years before she could return to work.
02.03.12 - Amber Soja loves studying forestry, specifically wildfires. But her passion was quashed for a time because of advice she received when she was younger.
01.27.12 - The call came twice, the first time when he was a kid at his grandparents' home in Tennesee and the Apollo launches were on television. Then, when he was a NASA engineer, looking for a place to hold a Bible study
01.20.12 - Michelle Ferebee was the second black female to graduate from the math department at William and Mary. "Somebody forgot to tell me that girls aren't good at math," she said.
01.17.12 - The attention is on building a rocket and testing a space capsule. But in offices all over NASA, and certainly all over Langley, researchers work on protecting the astronauts, which is every bit as important as the sound and fury.
01.06.12 - In sociology, manners are the unenforced standards of conduct, which demonstrate that a person is proper, polite and refined. It's the least Mary Thomas-Spruill could expect from a potential husband.
12.23.11 - The call goes out often to NASA Langley personnel: Go to a school. Talk to the students about a career with the agency. Speakers often wonder if anybody is listening. Hope Venus was.
12.16.11 - Angela Dyke, NASA Langley Badge and Pass Visitor Control Clerk, doesn't take her job lightly. For her, it sets the tone for the whole center.
12.09.11 - There's a new guy in town, and he's ready to protect all of NASA Langley's employees.
12.02.11 - When Richard Martin is challenged, he reminds himself that it took Thomas Edison more than 10,000 attempts to make a light bulb work.
11.25.11 - Next summer, a softball team at NASA Langley will be without a second baseman, because she will be with another team at the Jet Propulsion Lab in California, helping land a laboratory on Mars.
11.18.11 - David Dress met wife Cathy on an interstate highway and it was love at first note.
11.10.11 - Bill Fredericks was helping plan the future of aviation, something he was trained to do in school at Purdue, and he looked forward to a rewarding engineering career. But there had to be more.
11.04.11 - Six years ago, Paresh Parikh was content with his job, which was working in Computational Fluid Dynamics research at NASA Langley as he had been for almost two decades first as a contractor, then as a civil servant.
10.28.11 - For Michael Smith, there is no divide. He lives by the words of Mark Twain: "Make your occupation your recreation."
10.21.11 - Jill Marlowe, deputy director of Langley's Engineering Directorate, had a relatively sheltered childhood in the Washington D.C. suburbs.
10.14.11 - The message isn’t to study science and math, then become an engineer. Rather, it’s study so that, if you want to, you can become an engineer. Big difference.
10.07.11 - Knowledge of the Federal Government's high rate of energy usage and a federal mandate to reduce energy use by 30 percent by 2015 has sent Joan Hughes, an energy analyst at NASA's Langley Research Center, on a mission.
09.30.11 - The conversation went this way: "Did you fight in Korea?" "Yeah." "You were in battle?" "Yeah." John Simpson paused to make his point. "And then she said, 'I want to thank you very much.' "
09.23.11 - Caryn Kelly was born five minutes from the Michigan border in Sylvania, Ohio, where she was one of about 19,000 residents. She now lives in Suffolk, a city four times more populated.
09.16.11 - Garfield Creary grew up in Jamaica and can remember as a kid taking a bus to another town's library just to read engineering and science magazines. Little did he know that he would someday work for NASA.
09.09.11 - In his office on the second floor of Building 1232, Carter Ficklen can see a yellow surfboard, a reminder of Hurricane Irene.
09.02.11 - In a small laboratory down the hall from his office, Stephen Horan shows an aluminum-latticed box, about big enough to hold a 10-gallon hat, and said that it's designed to carry instruments for a science experiment into space.
08.26.11 - Trevor Grondin, a flight systems engineer at NASA's Langley Research Center, strummed his acoustic guitar as he sang about chances. He knows a thing or two about taking them.
08.19.11 - She's up at 3 a.m. and out the door. Into the gym in Churchland by 3:20 for an hour of weight lifting and cardio training while the five boys are still asleep.
08.12.11 - Janet Chiles entered Langley's gates for a LARSS internship on May 16. But after her July wedding and 10-week internship, she will make her final exit of the summer as Janet Myers.
08.05.11 - Rise Williams always sees her glass as half full.
07.29.11 - The fruits of Ed Generazio's labor benefit those who are at risk for hunger. And also, those who could be at risk in space.
07.22.11 - The music came first. Jeremy Pinier started taking piano lessons at 8, went to a French conservatory as a teenager. Then he studied engineering. Now he works at NASA Langley.
07.15.11 - "I'd dream up big and vivid plans for projects that I couldn't possibly have accomplished at that age," Terry Nienaber said of his 9-year-old self.
07.08.11 - In 2008, after a mission trip to Russia and eight months after their second biological child left for college, Stuart and Sally Johnson adopted three children from Russia.
07.01.11 - The fourth of July elicits bittersweet memories for Nicole Hintermeister.
06.24.11 - Mark Lindsey invests his time and effort, because the return is so great.
06.17.11 - The picture of someone who loves the out of doors is of a person resisting work's routine. Getting away from structure. From life's lists.
06.10.11 - Tiffany Hunter's internship at NASA's Langley Research Center began last summer, much like those of hundreds of summer students who entered the gates for the first time earlier this week.
06.03.11 - How a western girl ended up on the East Coast is a question that Brooke Anderson has a hard time explaining.
05.27.11 - On April 16, an EF2 tornado scoured across eastern Virginia. As it passed through Gloucester that evening, it struck Donita Almony's home and took almost all of her possessions along with it.
05.13.11 - Shortly after coming to NASA Langley as a co-op in 1983, John Costulis went through perhaps the best experience the agency can offer a young engineer: getting into a mission and seeing it through to fruition.
05.13.11 - When it comes to job titles, Vicki O'Neill can't possibly have just one.
05.06.11 - Glenn Hrinda just kept running. And running. And running … for 106.25 miles.
04.29.11 - The film is harrowing. It's billed as a cross between "Flipper" and the "Bourne Ultimatum," and it hit Rob Lorkiewicz like a harpoon through the heart.
04.23.11 - Upendra Singh's passport is a travelogue of matchmaking.
04.16.11 - Tremaine Wills' energy level is as high as her motivation, but that motivation really accelerated when she began to slow down.
04.09.11 - Early in Wes Goodman’s career as a co-op student, he received Very Important Person (VIP) passes to the first five shuttle launches. That opportunity led him to meet his own VIP.
04.01.11 - NASA Langley technician Gary Wainwright is a cross between a computer genius, draftsman and artist.
03.25.11 - When going to a dentist appointment, one might expect less talk and more action. But Yolanda Simmons, a human resource (HR) specialist at NASA Langley, knows better.
03.18.11 - As Mary Gainer works to preserve Langley's history, she finds herself going back to the basics among a workforce that tends to focus on the future.
03.11.11 - The house in New Orleans was in Broadmoor, a neighborhood the Realtor said "was affectionately known as the bottom of the bowl." "I remember saying, 'that sounds quaint,' " said Rob Wyman. And then it was under nine feet of water.
03.04.11 - Marilé Colón Robles is an educator at NASA Langley whose career enables her to continue to learn new things each day.
02.25.11 - Sam James is a model who builds models.
02.18.11 - After 23 ½ years in the Air Force Reserve, getting various degrees from three different colleges and spending 32 years at NASA Langley, Newport News native Vernet Mull has certainly accomplished a lot.
02.11.11 - It grabbed her perhaps half her life ago. Said Doris Hamill: "(Ideas about the reason for human existence) have grabbed me and taken over my life."
02.04.11 - It began with a copy of Ebony magazine. Sharon Monica Jones was flipping through it, checking out pictures of rock and movie stars, when she ran across a story about now-retired NASA Langley engineer Christine Darden.
01.29.11 - It all begins with math, but it hardly ends there. And the math involves more than numbers.
01.21.11 - Reading Thoreau's "Walden" and a breakup with a girlfriend sent Eddie Rowe in search of something different for his life. And then it got cold.
01.14.11 - At 3:30 p.m. each weekday, the windows of Patty Pigford's childhood home in Poquoson would start to shake.
01.07.11 - The office was Spartan in early December, with bare furniture awaiting the necessities and creature comforts of a workspace that is part of Frank Peri's new job.
12.23.10 - An extrovert trouble-shooting computers? Then again, Gene Wright is here for the people.
12.18.10 - Whether the weather calls for snow or a hurricane is threatening the Hampton Roads area, Jose Caraballo has one thing on his mind -- safety.
12.10.10 - In 1979, Keith Henry drove his MG Midget through the NASA Langley gates for the first time.
12.03.10 - Competition is as natural in school as recess. You compete for grades, in athletics, for social status.
11.26.10 - To reach more people in new ways, the center's technical library has added Kim Montenyohl to its roster.
11.19.10 - "It's a good day to go flying," he commonly says. Paul Stough's life and work could not reflect that more.
11.12.10 - At a party near White Sands Proving Grounds in May, Chris Little was standing and talking when he heard the shout from Amanda Cutright, a colleague: "Chris, get over here."
11.05.10 - Denisse Aranda has spent eight weeks at NASA Langley. That time has flown by. Possibly because she had so much fun designing and optimizing concept vehicles that will carry payloads to low Earth orbit.
10.29.10 - Fran Demarco volunteers. She has done things for Red Cross Disaster Relief, and she has worked with the USO for years. Also, she's a Vietnam-era veteran, and the daughter of a veteran.
10.22.10 - Lee Abston had always had an artist bent, so when he visited the man who would become his father-in-law, he noticed the carvings on the wall. Ducks.
10.15.10 - As one of the leads for the Launch Abort System office, Guillermo -- or Guillo -- Gonzalez is a very busy man. However, last month he made time to tell his story of a journey that began in front of a television set in Puerto Rico and continues at NASA Langley.
10.08.10 - Advancement in technology can dramatically change a person's life. For Meghan Guethe, it meant that her 2-year-old daughter, Katherine, would have the chance to hear.
10.01.10 - When C.T. Moore came to NASA Langley in 1983, fresh out of Virginia Tech, he found himself challenged to design systems to deliver gas and liquids to wind tunnels and laboratories. Now he takes on entire projects.
09.24.10 - When Hurricane Earl skirted the East Coast two weeks ago, there was only one place for Steve Nevins to be: in the water, sitting on a classic 6-feet, 2-inch surfboard, watching the sun rise, waiting for the next storm-powered wave.
09.17.10 - Just two weeks after moving to Yorktown with his wife and children, Arthur Bradley found himself packing up his family's van to escape inland.
09.10.10 - Elena Aleksandrovna Kukavskaya's love of nature began at an early age, in a very cold and faraway place.
09.03.10 - It began with a picture of a space shuttle launch at the moment the assembly left the pad at Kennedy Space Center. It will end with a metal sculpture that is scheduled to be displayed at New Town.
08.27.10 - It wasn't that Ordell Ange recently learned how strong her friendships were. "I knew I had friends," said Ange. "I always knew that people loved me and that they would be there for me. But now I'm gaining friends."
08.20.10 - It was the 1980s, and Erik Vedeler was running. And running. And running ... from Santa Monica to the Los Angeles Coliseum ... from physics to engineering ... from sports to the real world ... to what? And where?
08.13.10 - She jumped out of airplane. Rode a motorcycle. A glider. Check. Check. Check. "I want to get a pilot¹s license sometime," said Pat Quander-Haas. "It¹s something else I want to check off."
08.06.10 - As Cory Scott picks up speed, wind whips against his face and he can hear the whirr of his bicycle tires gliding across the pavement. The faster he goes, the clearer his mind gets.
07.30.10 - Kurian Thomas’s love affair with NASA began at age 1. "I have grown up in the NASA family. I went to day care here at Langley and did the NASA Langley lunar summer camp for five years," Thomas said.
07.23.10 - In 1976, Leroy Albang attended the very first class for the Langley Karate Club (LKC). Three years later, Albang was selected to be the Sensai, meaning teacher or instructor.
07.16.10 - Chris Savage's interest in all-things-aerospace grew larger as his world got smaller.
07.09.10 - In May, 2006, in his rapidly dwindling 50s, Ken Rubert finally took his father's advice and went to work at NASA's Langley Research Center.
07.02.10 - Lorna Ragland doesn't hear her last name often. She hears cooing, crying, nursery songs and the clapping of hands. She sees the first glimmer of a smile and feels tiny hands crawling at her feet.
06.25.10 - Her road from St. Paul to the Fitness Center at Langley included thousands of miles aboard an aircraft carrier and 26 miles, 385 yards on the streets of Boston and environs.
06.18.10 - At a point at which many would consider the prime of her life, Ruth Mason took stock and made some changes.
06.11.10 - While at a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) conference in Las Vegas, Luckey Thomas hit the jackpot.
06.04.10 - Surrounded by books is just how Sally Schwaner always envisioned herself.
05.28.10 - The outreach that Sarah Crecelius provides for the Climate Science Branch is a patchwork of her past and present.
05.21.10 - From working on a cotton farm in North Carolina to fighting fires in Iraq, Langley intern Rusty Lowder has taken many turns in life.
The head of the CLARREO mission, who is also head of the Engineering Directorate at NASA Langley, was once turned down for a job by the center because he didn't have an engineering degree.
05.07.10 - She's a walking – sometimes a running – contradiction, a woman who enjoys meditating on long drives alone to South Carolina to teach teachers to teach science and math.
04.30.10 - Amit Singh's primary school was is in a small southern village called Patahi, which lies in the Rautahat district of Nepal. That school provided him with an education, but it didn’t provide him a shelter from the storm ... Or even the rain.
For those who believe diversity is defined by gender and race, Linwood Smith has advice: expand your horizons.
04.16.10 - Jennifer Murdoch is research psychologist who espouses the idea that technology should be useful for humans, but also usable by humans.
04.09.10 - To swim professionally or not to swim professionally, that is the question that would determine much of Wei Zhang's future.
04.03.10 - When Rosemary Baize joined NASA Langley in 1988, she was an aerospace technologist working in wind tunnels. She supported tests on Pegasus boosters, was a project engineer and served as a facility safety head. She didn't stop there.
03.26.10 - Angela Hinton was pleasantly surprised to learn that she was chosen as a 2010 Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), a government-designed program that aims to place promising professionals into positions of Federal leadership.
03.20.10 - Luther Jenkins remembers taking a tour of a NASA Langley wind tunnel when he was in grade school. Little did he know that he would embark on a career that would bring him back to the tunnels as an aerospace research engineer.
It's been more than six years since Christa Welton, an Army reservist, was recalled to active duty, leaving husband Lloyd home with their two young girls, Amber and Ashleigh.
03.06.10 - Caryn Long is an educator, a mother of two, a math and science scholar, a creative mind, a Katrina survivor, a dancer, a sister, a daughter, a widow and a manager for NASA Langley's Digital Learning Network.
02.27.10 - When she accepted the Peninsula Engineers Council Engineer of the Year Award on Saturday night, Chris Belcastro did so on behalf of herself and Celeste, who passed away two years ago because of cancer.
02.20.10 - Devin Pugh-Thomas knew she liked science and math. A teacher, Barbara Gibson at Lindsay Middle School in Hampton, had sparked that interest. But what to do with those affinities?
01.12.10 - Jennifer Caviston is no stranger to snow or cold weather.
02.05.10 - Chris Moss made it through NASA Langley’s new three-year co-op program in two years, earned his associate’s degree from Thomas Nelson as fast as he could earn it. Give Grace the credit. Theirs is a Valentine’s Day story.
01.29.09 - At 22, Hal Weaver faced two options: travel alone on his first trip outside of the U.S. or don’t travel at all.
01.23.10 - The reason so many children struggle with algebra, said Gayle Burton, is that they’re not introduced to the concept early enough.
01.15.10 - "I could provide an ocean of carnatic music," said Kamala Krishnamurthy at the first "Food 4 Thought" series of 2010, which had every available seat filled. "But in 30 minutes, all I can give you is a drop."
01.08.10 - Near Thanksgiving, Shawn McDonald drove to New York to adopt a fuzzy white puppy, a Bichon Frise that was soon called Louis, aka Louie, so named after the Spirit of St. Louis.
12.31.09 - George Finelli is looking for something to do with his time away from NASA Langley. "My wife and I almost jokingly said that when my youngest son went away to college last fall, we needed to find hobbies," said Finelli, head of Center Operations.
As a mechanical co-op at NASA Langley, Stacy Arndt is continuing an education that began when she was a young girl.
12.04.09 - When Norman Loeb speaks of climate change, he uses an analogy.
12.11.09 - Susan Cooper, a strategic partnership and performance analyst, uses her experience to present opportunities to others.
12.04.09 - Kim Keith tried out for American Idol in 2008. “I didn’t make it very far,” she said. But why limit herself to America when her efforts at NASA Langley go global?
11.27.09 - Paul Tobias’ first computer was an Apple IIgs, a boxy desktop with the original color-striped Apple logo. It had a 16-bit processor that required the user to insert a floppy disc for start-up.
11.20.09 - Cal Moore is an emergency response officer who has a way with words.
11.13.09 - When Lindsay Rogers was accepted as a student to Campbell University, in Buies Creek, NC, she planned to study sports medicine.
11.06.09 - Greg Howland did some time at a prison as a kindergarten student, as did the rest of his class.
10.30.09 - An international concern about global climate change sent Arlene Levine on a mission to pursue NASA Langley's "green" potential.
10.24.09 - Every day Lawrence Taylor arrives through the King Street gate at Langley Air Force Base, then proceeds across the field and through the golf course gate to NASA Langley.
10.16.09 - Bob Borchardt graduated from college in the early 1980s when engineers were being persuaded to go into gaming.
10.13.09 - On Tuesday, Heide Borchardt will return from an extended, Columbus Day weekend, just as the rest of us. But her return will mark the start of something new.
10.05.09 - Cory Trainor gone from a role as the fixer-upper in his household to working with the latest in potential spacecraft while at Langley.
09.29.09 - Yamira Santiago has been down several paths. She has worked as a math tutor, a computer science teacher, a physics teacher and as a librarian. Though at the time she wasn’t sure where all those paths would lead, an opportunity six years ago put it all into perspective.
09.19.09 - Charlie Harris loved everything about teaching college students, but then he found something he loved even more: dealing with the challenges of working for NASA.
09.12.09 - Sebrenna Young is going through a personal renaissance, a stage in her life that was triggered a year ago when she accepted a job at NASA Langley.
09.05.09 - When the confines of the office become too much, Bryan Fabbri can usually look at the calendar and see at least one day out of the office on the horizon, a trip to a small lighthouse 15 miles off the Virginia coast.
08.29.09 - Michelle Munford, a purchasing and administrative assistant, said a book about Amelia Earhart she received as a gift when she was little propelled in her an interest in flying that she has a hard time putting into words.
08.22.09 - Tim Marvel, a 3-D lead animator and senior graphic designer in the Science Directorate at NASA Langley, couldn’t ask for a better life.
08.14.09 - The trailer for "The Box" primed the pump. Todd Spangler saw himself for the briefest time, just a glimpse really, but it's amazing what you can do with a bit of electronic wizardry.
08.08.09 - Richard Boitnott has the kind of job that every kid would love to have. "I get to crash things and see what happens," he said.
08.01.09 - Karen Friedt sees potential in what others may consider junk or a problem when it comes to her artwork and to life in general.
07.25.09 - When Surbhi Gupta struggled getting her physics homework done early in her junior year at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, she decided that something had to give. So she gave up Facebook.
07.18.09 - A bit over a year ago, Mark Shuart was talking with a friend from Marshall Space Flight Center about the composites planned for the Ares V cargo launch vehicle.
07.11.09 - The note from her friend told a story that demanded to be checked out. It seems that back in April, Wendy Pennington was in line in the NASA Langley cafeteria when she saw a man in front of her wearing a Glenn Research Center badge.
07.03.09 - Dustin Hitt has had a wide variety of experiences that have prepared him for just about anything, starting with a new job at NASA Langley as an exhibit specialist.
06.29.09 - Norma Farr received her mathematics degree when Christopher Newport University was known as the "Shoe Box in the Middle of the Road."
06.20.09 - After a year and a half of planning locations, floral arrangements, attire, favors and other logistics, Megan Quinn, formerly Megan Bowles, and Rob Quinn entered holy matrimony on May 30, not long after they entered the gates of NASA Langley.
06.13.09 - Once a philosophy major, then a bartender/boat repairman in the Florida Keys, Mark Vaughan ended up a mathematician at NASA Langley after his truck froze while on a trip to the Peninsula two decades ago.
06.08.09 - The job is intricate, exacting, so laden with detail that it must pass NASA scrutiny in more than 20 areas before the product can be used in a wind tunnel.
Christie Funk does not consider herself a "traditional" Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) program student. Her non-traditional route, her drive and her passion have landed her exactly where she wants to be – at NASA.
05.26.09 - Mike Bibbo enjoys movies, but you couldn't prove that by talking to wife Jennifer Pulley. "We'll be in a movie, and I'll lean over and say something like, 'I bet they used a 50 millimeter lens on that one.' And she'll say, 'can't you just enjoy the movie?' "
05.18.09 - Edith Robinson prefers to see the glass as half full. Her mother taught her to live life that way.
05.11.09 - All week long, Steve Riddick works to make airplanes safer with NASA Langley's Flight Dynamics Branch. On weekends, he bails out of them.
05.04.09 - Raising a Jack Russell Terrier named Ginger may not be as unheard of as raising a Bengal Tiger cub named Kimba in an apartment, but Jessie Orozco has done both.
04.27.09 - There are NASA Engineering and Safety Center meetings in which entire sentences, perhaps even paragraphs, of conversation pass without an identifiable noun or a verb.
04.20.09 - There is more than meets the eye to the friendly security guard, Michael Allen, who works the Wythe Creek gate of NASA Langley.
04.13.09 - Molly Thomas doesn't plan to put on any theatre performances as manager of the LaRC Mart, but she does have the background and expertise to do so.
04.06.09 - Rich Antcliff made the career choice to opt out of research and sign on to management, and that choice has led him to lead the center's newest organization: the Strategic Relationships Office.
03.30.09 - Kathy Powell, a physical scientist in the Science Directorate (SD) and Kathy Powell, a special programs manager in the Strategic Relationships Office (SRO) became acquainted almost instantly after Powell of SRO was hired at NASA Langley.
03.23.09 - He spent time on the outside, looking in. Now he's on the inside.
03.16.09 - Walk through the door of Evan Horowitz's office in the Hangar and you sense you have stepped into a time warp. He sits behind his desk, hands working a slide rule, pencil and paper at the ready, evaluating on a bracket for some equipment.
03.09.09 - The certificate on the wall calls him "The Realist," a nickname bestowed on John Dorsey by people planning the architecture and habitat astronauts will use on the moon in 2020.
03.02.09 - The phone rings. The cell's tone is the "Snuffle Bunny Song," and it's easy to picture Tiffany at the other end, wondering when mom will be home from NASA Langley. Mom is Kimberly Graupner, technology infusion manager in the Strategic Relationships Office (SRO).
02.23.09 - As a born and raised Nebraskan, Kristina Ruhlman was actively involved in high school and college as a leader in sports, student government and various clubs.
02.17.09 - Sarah Hargrove has a talent for designing, whether it is rocket hardware elements or the inside of a house.
02.09.09 - It’s not an accident that Greta Crawford gives a great first impression.
02.02.09 - Dave Young had lost 15 pounds three years ago, which with most people wouldn’t be a bad way to welcome turning 50. But when you’re already reed-thin, you aren’t trying to lose weight and you’re tired for no apparent reason, the scales offer a mixture of mystery and concern.
01.26.09 - A history buff in high school, and a history major in college, George Homich took an elective during his senior year at Old Dominion University that paved the way for a career and for his new job at NASA Langley as a photographer.
01.20.09 - For many, our offices become our home away from home to decorate or make room for personal collections, but Sue Miller's office in the Technical Library stands out.
01.12.09 - Dale Bowser recalls advice a NASA test pilot once gave his son, Stephen. "He said, 'if you really enjoy doing something, make that your job,' " said Bowser, crew chief of a King Air B200 airplane because he always wanted to work on aircraft.
01.05.09 - A confessed "foodie" who enjoys Belgian beer with dinner out, Lelia Vann copes with calories in the old-fashioned way. She gets up at 4:30 every weekday morning to run five miles in time to be at work as director of the Science Directorate by 7 a.m.
12.29.08 - Sandra Myers believes in the Golden Rule, and she has enforced a few other rules along the way.
12.22.08 - Walk into Pete Marty's office and there's no question about his life before NASA Langley. There are pictures of F-15s on every wall, and there's an eagle – it's the F-15 Eagle, after all – across from his desk.
12.15.08 - Christina Fay learned a lot about herself after spending two weeks behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler.
12.08.08 - “I defended my dissertation in early October and had my first brain surgery on October 26, 2006,” Chris Wohl began his story of the month in his life that began with him learning that he had a brain tumor.
12.01.08 - Once he was a musician, fueled by an Elvis Presley concert in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1972. Garry Qualls celebrated finishing high school in Big Stone Gap, Va., by playing trumpet with a band that toured Europe.
11.24.08 - Does the name Kim Sheffler ring a bell? If so, it probably has something to do with your NASA badge.
11.17.08 - Vicki Crisp is the Director of Aeronautics at NASA Langley who acknowledges a fear of heights, so she'll celebrate her 50th birthday by jumping out of a plane.
11.10.08 - Dr. Tom Conage, medical director of the NASA clinic, measures his success by the lives he impacts, not only by medicine, but also by example.
11.03.08 - Like many people on center, Andrea Legreid is caught in the middle of alphabet soup.
10.27.08 - Rudo Kashiri appreciates the sounds of the beach after being born in Zimbabwe, a land locked country.
10.20.08 - Thirty years ago, Takmeng Wong moved to the United States – without knowing any English.
10.14.08 - Don Morrison is often referred to as “MacGyver.”
10.06.08 - Tracey Silcox spent her summers in college drawing pastel portraits at Busch Gardens.
09.29.08 - “My hobby is collecting hobbies,” explained Joseph Zawodny, a senior research scientist at NASA Langley. And his hobbies aren’t far from his work.
The clock on the credenza behind his desk is a reminder of the time, but more important of the calendar. Its face reads "Virginia Tech 2004 ACC Champions," and every time Dave Bowles looks back, he gets excited about what's ahead.
09.15.08 - Erica Alston used criticism she received as a child as motivation for her career goals as an adult.
09.08.08 - Walk into Jeff Pickering's office and you would know right away that he's a gearhead, even if you didn't look at the gas pumps in front of the building and the garage doors linking it to the outside world.
08.25.08 - If it's Thursday, then John Hefner is at the Lackey Free Family Medicine Clinic in Yorktown.
08.18.08 - Frank Mayhew calls the souped-up, customized Dodge Magnum sport wagon his "retirement car."
08.08.08 - John Stadler and his wife Karen, are very proud of their children.
08.01.08 - The door is shut to the office in Building 1195. Kim Stone is going into hyperdrive for August and September – for the final time.
07.25.08 - Scott Verden enjoys riding his motorcycle, a Kawasaki Concours sport-tourer
07.18.08 - Lynda Kramer’s career at NASA Langley began in 1987 as part of the Engineering Cooperative Education Program.
07.11.08 - Billy Doggett’s workday is a busy one, partly because it doesn't end when he leaves Langley.
07.03.08 - Stan Husch was a kid in a Peninsula vocational-technical school when the NASA recruiter came to call.
06.27.08 - Luci Crittenden has been involved in the Langley Air Show for more than 12 years, and why not? She's involved in aviation with her family year-round.
06.20.08 - Kristen Ruiz is a rising senior at Grafton High School and a participant in NASA Langley's DEVELOP program this summer. As part of her summer work at Langley, she attended NASA Day on the Hill.
06.13.08 - Loreyna Yeung was born in Hong Kong and raised in Falls Church.
06.06.08 - April Sturgill and Emily Outen have quite a few things in common.
05.30.08 - Cecil Mellanson has 10 brothers and sisters, three children and eight grandchildren.
05.23.08 - Donna Gilchrist decided it was time to do something for her.
05.16.08 - Paul Banicevic continues to chase his dream of becoming an astronaut while working at NASA Langley as an aerospace flight systems engineer.
05.09.08 - Tim Brinkley was working on a platform in Building 1232 when he met his future boss, Leon Council.
05.02.08 - Vince Whitfield traveled all the way from London to Hampton to work at NASA Langley – for the second time.
04.25.08 - Howard Knight has been at NASA Langley for 20 years, following a family line that began here long before his arrival.
04.18.08 - Every day is Earth Day for Bob Charles, Langley's energy manager for the past five years.
04.11.08 - Larry Cooper was a 19-year-old, going to college to play baseball. Then he was going into the Army, which was involved in Vietnam. Then he was suddenly and accidentally blinded in his right eye, nearly killed and with medical bills, little college and an uncertain future. He found that future at NASA Langley more than 34 years ago.
04.04.08 - The sign on the cabinet door above Eddie Carden's head reads "Retirement: Because you've given so much of yourself to the company that you don't have anything left that we can use."
03.28.08 - Millicent Allison, better known as 'Penny,' is well-known to anyone eating in the cafeteria at NASA Langley.
03.21.08 - Lolia Deal began working part-time at NASA Langley while she was still attending Phoebus High School in 1987.
03.14.08 - Debbie Murray spends most of her time helping others.
3.7.08 - Charles Burtnette III builds things.
2.29.08 - Jonathan Behun is a NASA Langley legacy.
2.22.08 - Janis Hunt has been a "dog" person since her sophomore year in high school, when she was allowed to bring one into a household that at various times had up to 20 cats.
10.01.05 - Waldo Rodriguez has been on the CALIPSO team for 2-1/2 years.