Advice to Rocket Scientists / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
As a long-time NASA engineer and astronautics professor, Jim Longuski watched first hand as gifted rocket scientists and students learned their way around the lab only to lose their way in the board room. Longuski decided to write what he calls a survival guide for rocket scientists.
In this small book, Longuski uses humor and personal anecdotes to give engineers and scientists an edge in an industry in which one gets ahead as much on interpersonal skills as on technical merits.
Longuski presents a reality that too many scientists and engineers ignore: Getting ahead and staying happy involves mastering interoffice politics.
If you are a rocket scientist, or want to become a rocket scientist, or know and care about a rocket scientistthen this book is for you.
|Publisher:||American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)|
About the Author
Jim Longuski joined Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1979 after earning a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan.
As a maneuver analyst and mission designer at JPL, Longuski helped plan NASA's Galileo Mission to Jupiter.
In 1988, Longuski began teaching astronautics at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He has published over one hundred conference and journal articles on spacecraft dynamics and control, reentry theory, mission design, and space trajectory optimization.
Recently, Longuski collaborated with Professor Ephraim Fischbach (at Purdue) and Professor Daniel J. Scheeres (at the University of Michigan) to propose an experiment to test Einstein's theory of gravity at an unprecedented accuracy. This new test of General Relativity would precisely measure the deflection of a spacecraft during a close encounter with the sun.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a required read for my engineering class, but I found it to be surprisingly pleasant. It's enlightening in the extreme on a broad variety of topics without being staid or pedantic, and it sets a light tone for all the education it provides, making it easy and enjoyable to move through. Best of all, the information contained within is extremely applicable to any job that involves politics, which, quite frankly, is nearly all jobs. For this alone, I'd suggest it for anyone. I, myself, feel much better prepared for any future workplace with the knowledge I garnered from this book. At a two hour read for twenty-some bucks, it's definitely worth it. Plus it's a tax write-off. ;)
I really enjoyed this book. It is brief, has short chapters, is easy to read and has plenty of humor. Trying to figure out what I should do, I have read a few carreer books myself but became exremely bored with them very fast, because they would just spend too much time with unnecessary information e.g. statistics/surveys to support their arguments and plenty of analysis. This book has none of that. If I had a chance to ask the authors of the other carreer books one question, it would be: So, what are you NOT telling me? This book is the answer to that. Having worked in the industry for several years, I am very confident to make this assessment. I can also say, that many of the tips in this book can be applied not only to the US but to Europe as well.