Rocketry Career Corner

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Career Corner

Scientists and engineers talk about their career paths in the field of rocketry and their work at NASA.

Career Profiles

Tom Benson
Tom Benson -- Senior Research Engineer
Tom Benson writes, verifies and applies computational fluid dynamics for propulsion systems.

Arthur Brown
Arthur Brown -- Metallurgist
Arthur Brown uses special microscopes to figure out problems.

J. Stanley Cook Jr. stands next to a rocket engine 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
Tristan Curry -- Aerospace Engineer
Tristan Curry tested critical space shuttle flight hardware at NASA while a student in college.

Phil Eberspeaker 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 in front of an engine test stand
Sandy Elam -- Aerospace Engineer
Sandy Elam researches rocket engines that could be used on new NASA missions.

Carl Guernsey with a small rocket for spacecraft 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 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
Chris Randall -- Aerospace Engineer
Chris Randall helps with tests that ensure rocket parts and life support systems work as planned.

Sandeep Shah 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
Phil Sumrall -- Rocket Scientist
Phil Sumrall leads rocket design efforts and space mission planning.

Imelda Terrazas-Salinas 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
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
Steve Wofford -- Rocket Engineer
Steve Wofford is the deputy manager of the Space Shuttle Main Engine Project Office.

Page Last Updated: April 9th, 2014
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