Customer Engineer for Boeing
What Does That Mean? If someone is going to buy an airplane, based on what they’re going to use it for, I help them select the specific engineering features that are needed from communication systems to safety considerations. I get to be the engineering face of Boeing that deals with the customers.
Why Aerospace? I grew up watching Star Trek. If I were to do it all over again, I might go into astronomy or particle physics. Space and astronomy is about the literal unknown. Aerospace engineering seemed a more practical pursuit. But planes have always fascinated me too. Before my current position, which is relatively new, I worked as a project manager in flight simulations. We determined software fidelity requirements for how a flight simulation needs to perform relative to the plane. In aerospace and astronautical engineering you further that ability to explore.
Why I March for Science: If someone were to tell you that everything you see is a small fraction of what’s out there, then you have to ask what else is out there. Science is about exploration and experimentation.