Adam Steltzner

Adam Steltzner

Engineer


NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Palm Springs, CA US


When you look back at your life, you remember the great highs and the great lows. The middle sort of doesn't stand out that much, so never fear risking the great lows in pursuit of the great highs.

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Adam Steltzner

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Isn't sure if he ever graduated high school, dropped out of the Berklee College of Music.
Found himself continually pulling out of things just as they got serious.
Realized he was becoming his father, who'd never really had a passion.
Wanted to find something he loved and commit to it, so he took an astronomy course at a community college.
Says the equation "f=ma" changed his life; he realized that physics used a beautiful language that he wanted to learn.
"Surrendered to the learning process," worked really hard at his education and earned a Ph.D. in engineering physics.
Led the mechanical engineering of the Curiosity Mars rover landing.
Says his job has definite "failures," but thinks that attempting and failing is always better than not trying.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Mechanical Engineering
University of California-Davis
graduate
Graduate
Engineering Mechanics
California Institute of Technology
doctorate
Doctorate
Engineering Mechanics
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Career

Career

Engineer

I'm an explorer of the solar system, student of human nature, engineer, writer, speaker, and general loose cannon.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Engineering
Science
Science
Accomplishing Goals
Accomplishing Goals