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.
Antoine D. Moss
Transportation Management Specialist
Antoine D. Moss
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What that means:
I manage, develop, implement and provide oversight for transportation related programs and executive policies.
What I do:
Part of my job is to manage and monitor contract performance in the area of transportation. I ensure that contractual requirements and regulations are being met and performed at a satisfactory level in order to achieve NASA's institutional missions.
In addition, I serve as the program manager for several programs.
The coolest / most interesting part of my job is:
The coolest part of my job is having the ability to impact society by contributing to public service. I've spent many years studying government to determine how it can be run more efficiently and effectively.
I've interned in the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill and I've also earned two advanced degrees in the fields of public administration and public management. Now I have the opportunity and administrative discretion to enhance the operations of federal government. It's almost like a dream come true!
My favorite project that I have worked, or that I am working on, is:
My favorite project has been the alternative fuels program for motor vehicles that we have at NASA. Executive Orders 13423 and 13514 are two very aggressive policies that were drafted by the president of the United States. They aim to reduce our country's dependency on foreign oil, eliminate greenhouse gases and develop a more sustainable U.S. energy model.
The goals called for within these directives are rather arduous to achieve. However, this level of difficulty makes my work gratifying because I'm able to use my analytical and program management skills to accomplish our desired goals.
The accomplishment that I am most proud of is:
I recently graduated with my Ph.D. from Cleveland State University. I'm extremely elated by this personal achievement-I learned a lot of great stuff while I was intensely studying in the classroom. I'm excited to put my theoretical knowledge into practical use to improve the federal government.
I'm also the author of a book, Learn to Intern CEO Style. A lot of students at NASA have read my book and it has helped them succeed as interns and young professionals. Some of them have also asked me to serve as a mentor to them, and I agreed to help them develop their professional skills.
Regarding my job: I am grateful for the opportunity to manage our alternative fuels program here at Glenn, as it is a very strong program. We've received national recognition as one of the top 40 Government Green Fleets in North America for the last couple of years.
Another big accomplishment was when I developed a partnership with the local Environmental Protection Agency to grant their vehicles access to our alternative fuel station. This partnership was featured as an NASA headline in our This Week @ NASA Series.
A Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education helped me by:
Although I don't have a technical background, by diligently studying government I have a great understanding of the importance for students to pursue careers in these technical fields. Our country is falling behind at graduating students in these fields, so we need to do a better job of encouraging students to study these academic disciplines.
Good advice for students, including STEM students, is:
As a young professional, one of the aspects of NASA that I value dearly is the emphasis that we put on developing, motivating and empowering our next generation of leaders. Consequently, I'm very active in the NASA community and educational outreach activities.
When speaking to students, my general message is for them to become the CEO of their dreams. And at NASA we want students to dream big! But dreaming big and actually being able to fulfill their dreams will require some work on behalf of the student. CEOs of companies work hard to develop their businesses so they can increase their profit margins. The same rule applies for students-they have to see themselves as a business and invest in themselves properly. A student may ask, "How can I invest in myself?" Students can do this by writing a plan that describes their short and long-term goals. Within this plan should be specific goals and a timeline for them to achieve their goals. Students should find a mentor and discuss their plan with them for additional support and guidance.
My last piece of advice is simply to become a lifelong learner. The more you know, the farther you go…and that's a fact!