Meet: Wendy Johnson
NASA Langley Research Center
Who I Am
I am an aerospace technician with NASA Langley Research Center. I have
worked at NASA Langley for 13 years. I have been working in the High Speed
Research Program for the past two and a half years. I am one of the qualified
technicians working on this project. As an aerospace technician, I am
involved in building up the model, putting in the instrumentation, and
installing the model in the wind tunnel. Once the model is installed in
the tunnel, then you are involved in being one of the controller operators,
operating the animations.
When we put the model in the tunnel, it's as though
the model is flying in the atmosphere. I have to control different automated
stations like the pressure or the temperature, all the different parameters
that are being used to simulate a real airplane in flight.
My Career Path
I've always been interested in math and science. After I graduated from
high school, I decided to major in mechanical engineering technology.
I graduated from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. As a mechanical
engineering technology student, you take a lot of math and science. I
applied to work at NASA Langley Research Center. I heard from them about
a month later and was hired a week later.
Why I Like my Job
I enjoy every aspect of my job. I get to work with different people from
Boeing and McDonald Douglas.
As a Child
I have always had a knack for taking things apart and putting them backed
together. I tried my hand at fixing things around the house.
I would encourage students interest in doing technicians work to study
lots of math and science. If you are clever with you hands then this would
be the right job for you.
I enjoy what I am doing now, but I am planning to return to school to
get an advanced degree next year.
In my free time, I like being creative. I like music, gardening, interior
design, drawing, and cooking.