Andrew's Open Road
LAEP 1A Program Improvement Leader
You can always change career fields. Just because you go in a specific direction doesn’t mean that’s the only thing you can do.
- Grew up in Indianapolis, IN.
- While in elementary school, he was a part of a space and aviation club which sparked his early interest in all things space and flying.
- Knew very early on that he wanted to major in engineering in college—he attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he graduated with degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
- In college, he learned about turbines, which are very similar to jet engines, and manufacturing processes, while interning at a power plant.
- He also interned with the United Space Alliance at the Johnson Space Center, where he had the opportunity to work with flight control for the International Space Station.
- Admits that when he first got to college, he struggled with the workload for some of his classes—says having an outlet (clubs, sports, etc.) forced him to learn how to manage his time.
- He began working for GE Aviation right out of college and for the next 7 years, he was part of a rotational program where he moved to a new city every 6 months.
- After all of that moving around, GE Aviation finally had a permanent position open up in Indiana, so he decided to move back home permanently.