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Meet a NASA Glenn Employee: Laura Becker
April 7, 2011

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.

Laura Becker

Job Title:

Technical writer/editor
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What that means:
I write, and help others write, pieces that aren't fiction. That can include books, research papers, booklets, brochures, instructions and information for websites.

What I do:
I work for Publishing Services in the Logistics and Technical Information Division (LTID). Usually, I help researchers here at Glenn with the papers they want to publish - either as a NASA report or in a scientific journal, for example. I also have helped Glenn personnel with their proposals, brochures, posters, programs, booklets and other items.

The coolest / most interesting part of my job is:
I love being able to learn about some of the work that is being done here - in detail - and getting to meet researchers and talk with them about the specific work they are doing.

My favorite project that I have worked, or that I am working on, is:
I have enjoyed working on many publications here. I guess one that will always stand out, though, was a theoretical physics report, "Integrity of the Plasma Magnetic Nozzle" (a heavier topic than normal!). It was more than 100 pages long with a few hundred equations - and MANY symbols. Putting together a symbols list for that was…challenging, shall we say! I enjoyed getting to know the Glenn customer and the author from Los Alamos National Lab through spending months working together. It was definitely a memorable and rewarding experience.

The accomplishment that I am most proud of is:
Not being afraid of change, and to have continued working toward a fulfilling career - look where I ended up!

A Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education helped me by:
Even though my job is not traditionally in a STEM field, I have found that my STEM background (bachelor's of science and master's of science in chemistry) has helped me significantly to understand many technical concepts I encounter here. It also helps me to recognize the words and language, as well. I then do my job much better.

Good advice for students, including STEM students, is:
Study what you find interesting and pursue it. It is very rewarding to work in an area you enjoy.

Even if you are interested in areas that don't seem to be related (e.g., chemistry and literature, a STEM and a non-STEM field), don't give up! Search for a career that will utilize all of your interests and skills, and you won't regret it.

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