Brett Rocket Scientist


About Brett Rocket Scientist

Brett creates artful work in aerospace and innovation. He is currently a project manager, author, and speaker. Sometimes he is still an engineer and music composer.

Proof you can boost your demand and credibility with this one thing

When I was laid off from my aerospace job in 2014, I was faced with a tough challenge. How to convert my experience and expertise into something valuable in the broader economy? I had to expand my options because I had moved to a new city due to a family relocation. There wasn’t a large […]


A Real Masterclass in Space Exploration from a Real Astronaut

This is the real deal! Want to learn about space exploration from someone who has been a Commander of the International Space Station or ISS?  Canadian Astronaut, engineer, and former fighter pilot Chris Hadfield has created a 28-module course on the platform Masterclass.com. This video-based course will get into the nitty-gritty of rockets, spacewalking, orbital […]


New Year Reflections and Goal Setting – What Is Your Story?

Happy holiday wishes to everyone who subscribes to this blog as we wrap up 2018. I hope your year has been happy, fulfilling, and productive. One of my traditions at this time of year is to devote dedicated time to reflect on my life over the past year. And make conscious goals and priorities for […]


Why conferences lead to career wins 4

Last week I spent 3 days and nights at a fantastic conference.  I’ll give you some details in a minute. But the incredibly valuable experience inspired me to share some lessons and stories with you here. You’ll soon see why Tip #3 – ASSOCIATE WITH PEOPLE IN THE FIELD – is so important. And why […]


From rocket science to drones – this new book on drones is delivering value 2

Hello friends and champions of innovative aerospace career trajectories! If you are paying any attention at all to our world, you know that unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – or drones as they are commonly called – are a revolutionizing our world much like the airplane revolutionized our world in the early 1900’s. We have serious […]


Folsom Library (California) author talk with me on Saturday May 5th, 2018 2

If you happen to live nearby or be visiting in northern California on Saturday, May 5th, 2018, from 10-11am, I’m honored and excited to be giving a presentation and inviting a Q&A discussion about my book, How To Be a Rocket Scientist. The event is free and open to the public, with no RSVP required. […]


RIP Stephen Hawking 2

The word of science and physics said goodbye to a profound contributor today, on March 14th, 2018.  Let us give thanks for all the contributions from Stephen Hawking.

Besides all of the lessons on quantum mechanics, the mysteries of the universe, and the meaning of time, one of his biggest lessons was that we can all still be a great contributor and communicator for science.  We just have to have the courage and persistence to find our own voice, then find our own unique way to deliver it.

Here’s a short interview Stephen Hawking had with a grad student in planetary science at Cal Tech.  Worth a watch and listen on this memorable day. Spoiler alert – it ends with a hug.

 


How to climb into the top 1% of rocket scientists 2

It’s amazing what you can do in today’s world when you make a decision to do it.  No permission or authority needed! That’s what Jake Voorhees did when he decided to start his 1% Engineer Show on Youtube. We hear about “top 1%” in our culture today, usually with disdain and envy. But wouldn’t we […]