Austin's Open Road


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.”


Engineering Science


Passion Risk Chance


Learning / Being Challenged


  • 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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