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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 […]


Setting your trajectory for 2017

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!  First off, I must apologize and ask forgiveness for a long absence here on the blog for How to Be a Rocket Scientist.  I hope your 2016 was a happy, healthy, and rewarding year. Mine was full of adventure… some intentional and some unexpected. I had to devote a […]


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Happy Halloween with NASA pumpkins 2

Rocket scientists and other workers at NASA JPL held their annual pumpkin carving contest.  It was awesome in a way that only rocket scientists can deliver.  Check it out by clicking the image below and enjoy more from the NASA pumpkin carving contest. If you are on Twitter, look for #NASApumpkin.  (Look for me there […]


How to find a group of fellow rocket scientists

Are you feeling lonely? Like you want to find other people who share your passions and interests, but don’t know where they are? Maybe you’ve looked on Meetup.com.  You’ve done a search for “aerospace [your city here]” and it’s come up empty.  (If you haven’t done that yet, now is your chance.) Maybe you have […]


Lockheed Martin Generation Beyond program launches for middle school students

If you are a parent, teacher, friend, colleague, mentor, or relative of anyone in middle school who shows any interest in space travel, tell them about the Generation Beyond program from Lockheed Martin. This article from engadget gives an excellent overview of the STEM program that focuses on aerospace technologies and careers. Here is a […]


Sacramento aerospace – my new AO! (area of operations) 4

I have big news to share with readers of this blog.  My humble thanks and appreciation for all of you who have subscribed!  You’ll still see this relates to how to be a successful rocket scientist or aerospace engineer, so I hope you’ll learn something interesting too. Times are tough for many people who want […]