Austin's Open Road

AUSTIN ELLIS

Satellite Operations Engineer
Spire Global

“Even if you aren’t good at something starting out, if you are impassioned by it, then that passion will eventually drive you to a certain level of skill that will make you more useful than you ever thought you could be.”

INTERESTS:

Engineering Science

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Passion Risk Chance

FOUNDATION:

Learning / Being Challenged

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Born and raised in Springfield, IL.
  • He always had an interest in astronomy and physics, but was not interested in pursuing a PhD—says he wanted to find an alternative that would incorporate engineering and space, but not take so long.
  • Attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering.
  • In 2009, he graduated college during the economic recession when job opportunities were scarce, but he managed to find a job working as a Satellite Engineer at Lockheed Martin.
  • After working at Lockheed for over 4 years, he decided he wanted to look for a job at a smaller company where he would have a more immediate impact.
  • He was approached by a recruiter and offered a job as a Satellite Operations Engineer at Spire Global, a satellite-powered company that tackles business challenges using data solutions.
  • At Spire, he was involved in the early development of automating and creating the software that enabled them to control and access over 40 satellites in orbit.
  • He eventually got the opportunity to transition into a role as a Customer Experience Engineer where he assists customers with their technical problems.

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