Tell me your his­tory as an engi­neer.

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I had my first teach­ing po­si­tion at Michi­gan Tech and taught there for three years, but I’d al­ways had a dream of work­ing for NASA and be­ing in­volved in some way. Af­ter my sec­ond year, I got a chance to do a sum­mer fac­ulty fel­low­ship at NASA’s Jet Propul­sion Lab­o­ra­tory in Pasadena, Calif. I re­ally wanted to im­press them, and I was even­tu­ally [of­fered] a full-time job and moved my fam­ily all the way out to Cal­i­for­nia. I spent 10 years at JPL and worked on the Mars Ex­plo­ration Rovers all the way through design, de­vel­op­ment, assem­bly, test­ing, launch and op­er­a­tions. I was one of the first eight rover driv­ers, and we were the in­di­vid­u­als re­spon­si­ble for nav­i­gat­ing the rovers around the sur­face of Mars.

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