Denzil Burnam discusses water bottle rockets as students prepare to launch.View Larger Image Denzil Burnam has worked at the NASA White Sands Test Facility as a Safety Engineer since 1994, but it is his personal interest as a rocket hobbyist that intersects with both work and play. Since 1994, Denzil has participated in the Science Advisors (SciAd) educational outreach program, designing, building, and launching thousands of air propelled and chemical propelled rockets for Las Cruces Public Schools students, while keeping the site where he works safe.
At the 2006 X-Prize Cup held in Las Cruces, Denzil helped 1200 students launch their chemical rockets.View Larger Image In addition to his expertise at rocket launches and range safety, Denzil has successfully organized the launches of thousands of rockets, where he had to adhere not only to the safety aspects of the launch, but also to time constraints. “For the X-Prize Cup launches the question was: How are we going to launch all these rockets in 6 hours?” Denzil quips. With planning and the help of others, they did it in just over 4 hours. Denzil attributes his successes to other volunteers also helping the public schools.