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Lee Noble
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Lee Noble, Element Lead for the IRVE Spare (BTP) Payload
Credit: NASA

Where are you from?

I grew up just south of Los Angeles in Westminster, CA. I moved to Virginia in 1993 and have been a resident of Yorktown since.

What motivated you to work for NASA?

Though I have known people for many years who work at NASA, in recent years I have become increasingly impressed by the capabilities and focus on innovation that are evident in the Agency. This reality, coupled with a desire to be invested in the future of spaceflight, motivated me to pursue a position at Langley Research Center (LaRC).

Who inspired you?

My Dad was my inspiration. He enjoyed a wonderful career as an Aeronautical Engineer and exposed me to aircraft growing up. Whether it was flying model rockets, attending air shows, or looking at pictures in Aviation Week (and sometimes cutting them out), I was fascinated by flight.

What is your role on HIAD, and what are your responsibilities?

I am the Element Lead for the IRVE Spare Build-To-Print (BTP) payload. IRVE BTP is duplicate payload of IRVE-3 that is schedule to fly in Spring 2012. In my role, I am leading the effort to produce IRVE BTP in preparation for a future launch at the Wallops Flight Facility.

Tell us about a favorite moment so far in your career.

A recent favorite moment took place in Summer 2011 when I observed the first Orion Water Impact Test at the LaRC Gantry. As a Systems Engineer for the SPLASH (Structural Passive Landing Attenuation for Survivability of Human-crew) Project, this test was the culmination of 2 years of effort working with NASA and Lockheed Martin personnel to ensure a relevant and successful test campaign for the Orion program.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to take the same career path as you?

For a young engineer who is pursuing a career in aerospace, I would recommend choosing an organization to work where there is great variety in the assignments, a product that is relevant, and opportunity for advancement,. There is great fulfillment in enjoying one's work and knowing that the work has purpose.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy listening to music, visiting the beach or mountains, and long walks with my wife.

If you were talking to a student interested in science and math or engineering, what advice would you give them?

Science, math and engineering are tools to create. Pursue a career field you enjoy that utilizes your capabilities in these areas. If you do work in an area of interest, you will not only be successful but also fulfilled in your career.