Monthly Archives: February 2015


PI Day 2015 is especially awesome 1

This Fun Friday post will appeal to all of the math geeks out there.  You will know that every year we have a little fun celebrating PI Day: March 14th.  Do you need to ask why?  Because it’s 3.14! But this year is EXTRA SPECIAL.  Because (as I’m sure you know), the next two digits […]

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On Air microphone

Space Show episode with Brett Hoffstadt available here 2

Hey rocket science and aerospace career trailblazers!  The recording of my appearance on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston is now available at this link.  The show aired on Friday, February 20th, 2015.  His page has a nice summary of the show.  If you want to jump right into the MP3 playback click here.  […]


Great opportunity in Seattle to understand airplanes 1

If you live in the Seattle area and want to get a world-class jet blast of airplane knowledge, you are in luck! Bernardo Malfitano, an aerospace engineer (aka rocket scientist) who works at a Boeing, is the instructor for this course.  I happen to know Bernardo from my Boeing time and he’s an awesome guy.  […]

Understanding Airplanes course

Engineers Week 2015

Engineers Week 2015 is Feb 22-28

The biggest and best week of the year for lots of engineering (and future engineers) is coming up!  February 22-28, 2015 is Engineer’s Week in the U.S. Thousands of events, programs, and activities are happening all around the country.  Whether you are a student, parent, teacher, professional, or retiree there are fun and interesting things […]


Finding a way without losing your head

It’s time for another Fun Friday post!  And another anti-successory poster, as I like to call them. To be a successful aerospace professional or rocket scientist, you’ll need to be resourceful, creative, and determined.  You’ll need to be a go-getter.  (This week I just re-read this short and classic book: The Go-Getter: A Story That […]

Finding a Way

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Meet people with inspiring stories in these ethnic and minority engineering societies

Everybody has a unique story…where we came from, how we grew up, and where we want to go. The aerospace professions are HUGE when they are all put together.  Over 1 million people can be considered to work in an aerospace field or industry.  It includes commercial aviation, general aviation, commercial satellites, military and defense […]


Key UAV and drone associations 1

In my book, How To Be a Rocket Scientist, I explain in Tip #2 that “rocket science” is actually a lot more than rockets.  And science! These two things are popular and vital elements, of course.  But the more accurate and comprehensive term is the aerospace field.  Within that, we have space, aviation, aeronautics, and […]

UAV airborne

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Check out these orgs for private space flight 1

Private or commercial space flight is moving ahead in the aerospace business. Do you want to be a part of it?  Set a goal and start mapping out a career path, and it can happen!  These companies and related agencies will need qualified people to make this business successful. Tip #3 is my book is […]


Listen to The Space Show on Feb 20, 2015 for Brett’s guest appearance

One of the resources I’ve mentioned in the book and on my website is The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston.  (Here is my blog post to promote his 2014 Year in Review show.)  He has produced over 1,000 shows with a tremendous number and quality of guests from many areas of the space world. […]

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Judgment

Use good judgment as a rocket scientist

It’s time for another Fun Friday post!  A few years ago I found a picture of this amazing stunt that some pilots did with their airplanes.  It seems like a really bad idea to me, even though it’s impressive. So I made a poster to hang at my cubicle, to give myself and others a […]