Almost by accident. I knew I’d work in the Space Industry when I went into my degree (Space Systems Engineering) but I definitely didn’t think it would be in the propulsion side of things. I worked hard and got lucky enough to land a bunch of internships at a biomed and a launch vehicle company and also worked on engines in my Masters degree. I walked out of University with more experience with designing and building engines than anything else. Luckily there was a small asteroid mining company looking for someone like me and that’s what landed me here!
I wanted to keep an ope mind when I applied for my first job, so I applied for everything I could and the first job i got was as a flight data engineer. I moved up in flight data and to a different company and after 5 years of working with that I decided I needed a change. I was lucky again that although I knew nothing about satellites, I showed a willingness to learn and landed a job with NAVBLUE. It’s hard going from knowing everything to again knowing nothing but it’s what I needed