Chapter 18. Building Spaceships
Andrew: Tell us a little bit about your background, how you came to be at NASA, and the kinds of projects you've worked on.
Peter: I have a master's degree in aerospace engineering and a bachelor's in mathematics. I actually went on a field trip in fourth grade to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory here in Pasadena, and came home that day and said, "Mom, when I grow up, I want to work at JPL."
Andrew: So, you've wanted to work with NASA since you were a little kid.
Peter: Yeah, so I was kind of focused as a youngster. Actually, at one point, I wanted to join the Air Force and fly jets, but my vision precluded that.
I went to Cal State Northridge, and while I was there I had a class with a girl whose father worked here. She got me an interview, and I've been here for 22 years. That's how I got started at NASA.
Andrew: Tell us a little bit about the projects you've done, especially in terms of the kind of software. We want to talk about teams in general, and the kinds of teams that ...