By Roadtrip Nation

Randii Wessen



My road in life has been direct.
His dad used to always tell him that he had only two rules: find a career you love, and marry someone who can cook.
He knew he was interested in the sciences, but he wasn't sure which field he liked best, so he studied a wide array of subjects.
Finally, a class called "Intelligent Life in the Universe" caught his interest.
One day, the professor asked the class if anyone was interested in a non-paid, non-college-credit assistant position.
He was the only person to raise his hand, so he got the job; from there, that professor got him a spot on NASA's Voyager project.
Although he's working in one of the most prestigious labs in the world, he says it hasn't been a completely smooth road.
He has rejection letters from the shuttle astronaut program (15 of them!), from a number of grad schools, and even from JPL.
However, he just kept pushing, and always said "yes" to everything; his motto is: "Those who dare, risk defeat. Those who don't, ensure it."
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Astronautics Systems Engineer

I lead teams of scientists and engineers generating ideas for future space missions, like going to Mars.

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