Austin Ellis

Austin Ellis

Satellite Operations Engineer


Spire Global

San Francisco, CA USA


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.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
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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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
certification
Certification/License
HAM radio license
Career

Career

Satellite Operations Engineer

I'm an engineer for a satellite-powered data company supporting everyday satellite operations.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Engineering
Science
Science
Learning / Being Challenged
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

As a satellite operations engineer, a great day is when we make successful contact with a newly-deployed batch of satellites at the earliest opportunity. I also do some customer experience work getting new customers successfully using our product with no snags in onboarding and setup.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Learn how to clearly and effectively communicate across multiple teams in a globally distributed company and get comfortable doing resource planning with many unknowns. Be a good listener.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

If your high school offers programming classes, take them. I wish I took one before going to college. For me, there are few things more rewarding than learning how to tell a computer to do something you used to do manually. Attend job fairs and information sessions about companies you are interested in.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician
certification
Certification/License
HAM radio license
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"To work in astronomy or physics, you need to get a PhD."

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues