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.
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Pressure Systems Engineer
What that means:
Pressure systems engineers manage the certification of complex engineering projects. We review all phases of the project from design, construction and system checkout.
What I do:
My work is focused on the pressure systems used at both Lewis Field and Plum Brook Station. I interact with researchers, engineers and technicians to be sure pressure systems at NASA Glenn are being operated safely to support research testing.
The coolest /most interesting part of my job is:
I enjoy meeting people out in the field to give technical advice on how to best meet pressure systems requirements. I think it's important to explain how we can ensure operational safety.
My favorite project that I have worked, or that I am working on, is:
The redesign, upgrade and certification of the gas emissions sampling system for the Advanced Subsonic Combustion Rig (ASCR), which is a high-temperature, high-pressure facility for testing aircraft engines.
The accomplishment that I am most proud of is:
Upgrade and certification of the 60,000-gallon cryogenic liquid nitrogen Dewar N-61. This system services some of the large vacuum chambers at the center.
A Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education helped me by:
My educational experience at Case Western Reserve University was invaluable. I grew up interested in math and science, which led me to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. College taught me the discipline and dedication required to succeed in my job.
Good advice for students, including STEM students, is:
I suggest trying to participate in as many extracurricular activities as possible. Be curious and never stop learning. Know that there's always room for improvement and new areas to explore.
How do you "dream big?"
I am always looking for areas to improve. I try to sign up for various training courses and volunteer for unique assignments. Don't be afraid to fail, because it can lead to great things. Challenge yourself to find out what you can accomplish.
Who inspired you to "dream big" and how or what did they do that inspired you?
My high school math teacher was a great influence in my life. He made Pre-Calculus fun through cool assignments. His favorite quote that resonated with me was from the Eagles hit, "Take it to the limit one more time."
What do you do to inspire others to "dream big?"
My favorite activity is to volunteer every year at NASA Glenn's Young Astronauts Day held every November. It's an opportunity for kids from kindergarten through 8th grade, and 9th through 12th grade to compete in four different science-related events. The kids get to meet and interact with a real astronaut. These kids are going to someday be the engineers, researchers and scientists that lead NASA forward.