The price of passion

May 1, 2021

Getting ahead in the aerospace field has long depended on who can show the most passion for aircraft, satellites and rockets in and out of the office or lab. The obsession with passion is counterproductive and should stop. Engineer Sylvie DeLaHunt tells us why.

How history can inspire diversity

May 1, 2020

The National Air and Space Museum’s location in Washington, D.C., is getting more than a physical update. The museum plans to place new emphasis on the people who defied racial and gender biases to break new ground in the aerospace field. It is a matter of justice, and much more. Director Ellen Stofan explains.

Air Force officer learned how to fix things from his dad

By Debra Werner

September 2, 2019

Joshua Lee, U.S. Air Force captain and deputy branch chief, Weapon Dynamics, Guidance, Navigation and
Control Branch, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate; Eglin Air Force Base, Florida

Women reflect on Apollo

By Debra Werner

July 1, 2019

There was only one woman in Mission Control when Apollo 11’s lunar module landed on the moon; today women make up 34% of NASA’s workforce. Debra Werner talked to one of the pioneers.

Pitching to win

By Amanda Miller

June 1, 2019

NASA and the Pentagon want to be more open to innovative ideas from entrepreneurs and business development managers, and they are creating in-person opportunities to hear from them. The catch is that it can be nerve-wracking to try to convince members of an audience to buy a product, invest in it or just believe in it. Amanda Miller shares advice from veteran pitchers.

Rx for the workforce

August 31, 2018

Veteran aerospace engineers in the U.S. are retiring, and employment data shows that the workforce is contracting. The U.S. remains the global leader in aerospace goods and services, and yet the numbers are concerning. Aerospace expert Amir S. Gohardani researched the workforce problem and offers some advice for how corporations and policymakers should address it.

Engineers are dogs, scientists are cats

May 31, 2018

You’ve heard of the book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” It’s a tongue-in-cheek title, but one that strikes a chord and perhaps helps us understand each other. Planetary scientist Ralph D. Lorenz went searching for an analog of his own to describe scientists and engineers. This is what he came up with.

Meeting millennials

By Amanda Miller

February 1, 2018

Young aerospace professionals' career goals nurtured by love of science