Randii Wessen

Randii Wessen

Astronautics Systems Engineer


NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Pasadena, CA USA


You only have two choices: You coast and do nothing (in which case, you've really just wasted your life force), or you try things. And maybe some things will fail. Maybe some things will succeed. But if you don't try, you'll never find those things that work out.

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Randii Wessen

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Milestones

Milestones

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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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Physics, General
Stony Brook University
undergrad
Bachelor
Astronomy
Stony Brook University
graduate
Graduate
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
University of Southern California
doctorate
Doctorate
Operations Research
University of South Wales
Career

Career

Astronautics Systems Engineer

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

Career Roadmap

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