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March 30, 1999
QuestChat with Jason Brown

System Safety Engineer, Wright Flyer
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA



[ Sandy/NASAChatHost - 2 - 08:39:32 ]
Welcome to today's Quest Chat with Jason Brown! The chat will begin in about 45 minutes (9:30 am, Pacific, 12:30 pm, Eastern). Be sure to read Jason bio's before coming to the chat-- http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/wright/team/brown.html

[ Sandy/NASAChatHost - 3 - 08:42:17 ]
Some great advice from Jason's bio: "...but don't be surprised if something you learned years ago, and never thought you would need to know, will prove to be invaluable for solving a problem. If someone had told me in the eighth grade that one day I would be working at the world's largest wind tunnel on rotorcraft and aircraft models and the Wright Flyer, I wouldn't have believed them!!!"

[ Sandy/NASAChatHost - 6 - 09:26:14 ]
RE: [MrsMock/MontessoriSchoolofCorona] MSOC is looking forward to another Wright Flyer project chat! :-)
So glad you could join us for another chat!!! Jason will be here to chat in about 5 minutes...

[ Sandy/NASAChatHost - 7 - 09:31:06 ]
Jason is here and ready to chat with you today. As the System Safety Engineer on the Wright Flyer Project, Jason makes sure that the equipment being used to drive the airplane model's motor is safe, so that people don't get hurt and the airplane doesn't get damaged. Rather than waiting for equipment to fail, Jason tries to predict what may go wrong before it happens.

[ Jason - 9 - 09:34:12 ]
RE: [Sandy/NASAChatHost] So glad you could join us for another chat!!! Jason will be here to chat in about 5 minutes...
Hello, everyone, I'm here, and ready to take your questions

[ Jason - 14 - 09:38:28 ]
RE: [Michael-Mrs.Fox/StrattonHighSchool] How do you spend an average day?
Hello Michael. I usually get in to work quite early, about 5 in the morning. This allows me to take care of any messages or work I have to do without interruption. Then, at 6:30, I go to a meeting of the tunnel mechanics where they coordinate the work for the day. If they need my help, I work with them. Otherwise, I go to my office and continue with other work, such as doing Safety Analyses of upcoming tests.

[ Jason - 17 - 09:40:21 ]
RE: [Leslie/4thgrade-Mrs.Mock/MontessoriSchoolofCorona] Hi, Jason nice of you to chat with us today. I am here with Alexis McGuire,Randy Hoffman and he is my twin.
Good morning Leslie! Do you have a question?

[ Jason - 18 - 09:41:16 ]
RE: [Alexis/4thgrade-Mrs.Mock/MontessoriSchoolofCorona] What subject did you like in 4th grade.Did you like any sport when you were little?
Alexis, I liked to read and do math.

[ Jason - 19 - 09:42:52 ]
RE: [Michael-Mrs.Fox/StrattonHighSchool] What do you like about your job?
Michael, The best part of my job is the variety. Now that the Wright Flyer test is done, I'm now working on a new test that looks at the effect of ice on the tail of an airplane.

[ Jason - 22 - 09:45:08 ]
RE: [Jason] Alexis, I liked to read and do math.
Alexis, I don't think I did this until later, but when I was young I loved to swim.

[ Jason - 23 - 09:48:03 ]
RE: [Randy/4thgrade-Mrs.Mock/MontessoriSchoolofCorona] What kind of saftey kits do you use ? If you were in 4thgrade again what would you study the hardest?
Randy, In my job I use a lot of tools, mostly on the computer to do my studies of what could go wrong in a given test. If I was in the 4th grade again, I would study everything! Now is the best time to try out a lot of things, and see what you like the best.

[ Jason - 24 - 09:49:14 ]
RE: [Michael-Mrs.Fox/StrattonHighSchool] What do you like the least?
Michael, The worst part is my commute- I live about 1.5- 2 hours away, and have to drive to get to work.

[ Sandy/NASAChatHost - 27 - 09:51:14 ]
Does anyone have any questions about the Wright Flyer for Jason?

[ Jason - 30 - 09:55:05 ]
RE: [Jason] Randy, In my job I use a lot of tools, mostly on the computer to do my studies of what could go wrong in a given test. If I was in the 4th grade again, I would study everything! Now is the best time to try out a lot of things, and see what you like the best.
Randy, Once you find something that you like to do, work on it the hardest, but don't forget to try other subject that you may be "forced" to take- it may just end up being your favorite. This happened to me in college. I was taking courses to become a mechanical engineer, and took another course in Xray crystallography as part of my Materials Science courses. I was quite intimidated by this class. As it turned out, I HATED the Mechanical Engineering classes, and absolutely LOVED the Materials classes.

[ Jason - 31 - 09:56:01 ]
RE: [Michael-Mrs.Fox/StrattonHighSchool] If you had it to do over again, would you take a different career path? Why?
I wouldn't change a thing.

[ Jason - 33 - 09:58:13 ]
RE: [Leslie/4thgrade-Mrs.Mock/MontessoriSchoolofCorona] How did your wife feel about you being a saftey engineering? Does your kids like you going to your job?What is your kids faces when you get home?Did you have any best friends in collage?Have you ever had a bad day?describe it.
Leslie, My wife likes that I enjoy my work, but is always afraid that I might have an accident on the way to work. I don't have any children, just cats. They usually greet me when I get home, and try to lead me to the kitchedn for their dinner.

[ Jason - 35 - 10:01:39 ]
RE: [Michael-Mrs.Fox/StrattonHighSchool] What general advice would you give a person interested in this career?
Michael, The best thing to do if someone wanted to become a safety engineer is to take courses that directly apply- there are some colleges that have specific curriculum for the safety field. This is not absolutely required, as long as you take enough general engineering to give you a broad enough background to handle what might come up.

[ Jason - 37 - 10:04:00 ]
RE: [Randy/4thgrade-Mrs.Mock/MontessoriSchoolofCorona] In the chat with the Wright brothers the other day, they told us they didnt paint the plane at first but painted it silver later so their design could not be photographed. Did they paint the replica and does paint make a difference in how it flies in the wind tunnel?
Randy, The model tested here wasn't painted. If the paint is applied smoothly, this can reduce drag. At air races, they polish the planes a lot to make them as fast as possible.

[ Jason - 38 - 10:04:34 ]
RE: [Alexis/4thgrade-Mrs.Mock/MontessoriSchoolofCorona] What would you like your kids like to be? Have you ever got hurt?If so from what.
Leslie, I've never been hurt on the job.

[ Jason - 40 - 10:07:56 ]
RE: [Michael-Mrs.Fox/StrattonHighSchool] What experience did you need to be in this job?
Michael, For my current job, I had experience from working on a modification to this tunnel, plus I had worked on another tunnel modification here at the Center. In those jobs, I guess I demonstrated my ability to evaluate the safety of everything from automated control systems, high pressure air, hydraulics, and so on to get this job.

[ Jason - 41 - 10:10:26 ]
RE: [Leslie/4thgrade-Mrs.Mock/MontessoriSchoolofCorona] Like how long would you stay in your same job?How long have you been in this job?Would you ever leave your job?If you would tell me why?I would maybe want to be an saftey engineering?Do you like your job?What was the first kind of medecine you used?How does it feel to be a saftey engineering?My teacher says you dont have to answer all my queistions.
Leslie, I am starting on my 12th year at NASA this month. I really like my job when I can see that the recommendations I have made are used to complete the testing safely.

[ Sandy/NASAChatHost - 43 - 10:12:17 ]
EVERYONE: There are 15 minutes left in today's chat with Jason...

[ Jason - 44 - 10:12:24 ]
RE: [Jason] Leslie, I am starting on my 12th year at NASA this month. I really like my job when I can see that the recommendations I have made are used to complete the testing safely.
One of the funnest things I did recently was to help to remove the Wright Flyer from the tunnel. We lifted it out with a crane. My job was to handle the tag line on the model, to keep it from spinning. It was like flying a GIGANTIC box kite.

[ Jason - 46 - 10:13:59 ]
RE: [Michael-Mrs.Fox/StrattonHighSchool] What are some stress factors of your job?
Michael, Other than my commute, one of the stresses is making sure that I haven't forgotten something in my safety analyses that could lead to an accident if it is not corrected.

[ Jason - 47 - 10:15:02 ]
RE: [Michael-Mrs.Fox/StrattonHighSchool] Are there any benefits with the job?
The best benefit is getting to work on so much neat stuff.

[ Jason - 49 - 10:17:52 ]
RE: [Jason] Leslie, I am starting on my 12th year at NASA this month. I really like my job when I can see that the recommendations I have made are used to complete the testing safely.
Leslie, I would hate to leave my job. There is a lot of variety of things to do, and this is very enjoyable.

[ Jason - 50 - 10:19:19 ]
RE: [Michael-Mrs.Fox/StrattonHighSchool] How many hours do you work a week on average?
Michael, I work a split schedule- 9 hours a day for 8 days, and then an 8 hour day. This allows me to take every other Friday off (and I don't have to drive...)

[ Sandy/NASAChatHost - 53 - 10:22:34 ]
EVERYONE: There are just 5 minutes left in our chat today. Jason will answer the last two questions (Alexis/Michael), then he has to go back to work.

[ Yash5thgrade-Mrs.Mock/MontessoriSchoolofCorona - 54 - 10:24:31]
The 4th graders had to go back to class so they wanted to say thank you and I am reading the questions and answers now.

[ Sandy/NASAChatHost - 55 - 10:27:25 ]
Thanks to everyone for participating in today's chat with Jason! You did a good job with your questions! To check out the Quest Chat Schedule, go to: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/common/events. We look forward to chatting with you again soon :-)

[ Jason - 56 - 10:28:35 ]
Thanks everyone! This was my first chat, and it was a lot of fun. I hope that I answered everyone's questions well enough. If you are ever at Ames on a tour, you might just see me in the tunnel. If you do, be sure and say hello! -Jason

[ Yash5thgrade-Mrs.Mock/MontessoriSchoolofCorona - 57 - 10:30:40]
Thank you very much for answering the 4th graders questions Thanks.

 
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