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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 […]


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What every rocket scientist needs to know: what color is your parachute?

If you are looking for a book for advice on aerospace careers, you would probably expect me to recommend the book that I wrote in 2014. But if you read only one book this year about a career planning and career changing… You need to read more books!!! That’s why I want to give my […]


15+ interviews with STEM professionals on Career Skunks

Thanks to the buzz around Engineers Week this year on Twitter, I happened to catch the attention of the #AnEngineerWasHere campaign.  This started in Canada and is a guerrilla marketing campaign to highlight the beneficial engineering that exists everywhere in the world around us. One of the people who was promoting this campaign is Paul […]

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Engineers Week 2017

How to advance your life with rocket science during Engineers Week

We are in Engineers Week for 2017!  This could be your best week of the entire year to advance yourself or our world with rocket science. How is that?  Because in cities across the world and online platforms of all kinds, engineers and engineering companies are engaging with others to talk about engineering, to give […]