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9 Ways to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing

We have arrived in July 2019. As everyone should know, this month marks the 50th anniversary of humankind’s first landing on the moon. July 20, 1969, was when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface while Michael Collins circled above them in the Apollo 11 command module. This all-time world-changing event for […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]

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Free career development presentations and videos from AIAA SciTech 2016

Here comes a valuable and exclusive set of videos and presentations to help you advance your career in aerospace. You will be using two of the tips from How To Be a Rocket Scientist when you click the links below: Tip #7: Use free and informal education resources Tip #10: Appreciate and work on the […]


Watch the AIAA SciTech 2016 livestream events here!

Wow!  AIAA with the sponsorship of Airbus are providing five days of live streaming events and programs to anyone who wants to watch them!  This is an incredible value if you want to hear from top leaders and innovators in the aerospace and aviation worlds. Here’s the main page with the agenda of events and […]


Learn how to be a rocket scientist at AIAA SciTech 2016

What if there was one thing you could do to satisfy all of these tips from How To Be a Rocket Scientist? Tip #2: Expand your concept of rocket science Tip #3: Associate with people in the field Tip #4: Read a book on rocket science Tip #6: Make a short take-off (STO) into the […]

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Pluto New Horizons arrival provides 3 career strategy insights for rocket scientists

After 9 and and half years of interplanetary space travel, the New Horizons spacecraft led by NASA, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, and Southwest Research Institute has arrived at its primary destination of Pluto! My profound congratulations and admiration goes to everyone involved in the effort.  It takes a special kind of person and effort […]