Austin's Open Road
My Career Path (1:52)
Let Your Passion Drive You (1:30)
The Biggest Risk I’ve Taken (1:42)
Day In The Life Of A Satellite Operations Engineer (2:15)
Advice For Those Interested In Aerospace Engineering (1:01)
Attending Job Recruitment Fairs In College (1:05)
Satellite Operations Engineer
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.
- 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.