ITT Aerospace /
B.S. -- Physics;
leading the test team for the GOES satellite instruments.
"I applied to a
number of different places and interviewed at a number of
different places but in college I had -- through our local
Physics Department -- a tour of ITT and really enjoyed what I
saw here. So I kind of made it a goal to spend extra time trying
to get in ITT's door."
"The GOES Satellite is a weather satellite. There
are two instruments on the satellite. And imager and a sounder both of
which are built by ITT. The imager is the instrument that supplies the
pictures that you see on 6 o'clock news at night. It also takes pictures
in infra red as well. The sounder is the science instrument. It creates a
3-D profile of the atmosphere and a number of other data used for weather
prediction. The GOES System test teams are responsible for the testing and
calibration of the system level of the GOES instruments. And that job
involved dealing primarily with the optics and electro optics which kind
of fulfilled the goal that I'd had to work in that area. After I had been
working there for a very short time, the engineer who was leading that
team went to another position at ITT and I became the leader of that test
"I knocked on ITT's door. I applied to a number of different places and
interviewed at a number of different places but I had, in college, through
our local Physics Department, a tour of ITT and really enjoyed what I saw
here. So I kind of made it a goal to spend extra time trying to get in
ITT's door. There was student who graduated before I did who was already
working at ITT and so I kind of worked through him to help him fine-tune
my resume and he knew some contacts within the company, and through that I
found a position here at ITT."
"One of the biggest frustrations is sorting through a technical problem.
They do come along occasionally. They're to be expected when you're
working with relatively dense technology. But you're always frustrated
when you find them. There's always one more piece of data you wish you had
or one more test you wish you could run. That's the sort of thing that
forms most of your frustrations."
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