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NES Video Chat: Engineering at NASA: There Is No Limit
February 22, 2013
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Date: Feb. 22, 2013
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST
Topic: Landsat: A Stunning Exploration of Earth
Grades: 4-12
Subjects: Engineering: Careers
Career: Deputy director of the Suborbital and Special Orbital Projects Directorate: Directs operations at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility

 
In recognition of National Engineers Week, special guest Dave Pierce, operations director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, focused on engineering and engineering careers at NASA.

Pierce answered student questions about engineering, engineering careers and the launching capabilities at Wallops Flight Facility. He also answered questions about some of the scheduled launches at Wallops including NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission, a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust.

Pierce has worked at Wallops since 1986; he currently serves as the deputy director of the Suborbital and Special Orbital Projects Directorate. He served seven years as the chief of the Balloon Program Office, with oversight responsibility for the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility located in Palestine, Texas.

Before joining the Balloon Program in 2004, Pierce spent six years working as a mission manager in the Explorer Program. There he managed University Class Explorer and Student Explorer Demonstration Initiative missions.

More Information
›  NASA BEST - The Engineering Design Process
›  NASA BEST Activity Guides by Grade Level
›  NASA Engineering (Johnson Space Center)
›  National Engineers Week Website →  
›  Wallops Flight Facility Home Page

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David Pierce
Dave Pierce is the Deputy director of the Suborbital and Special Orbital Projects Directorate at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility.
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