Meet: Rob Kuczajda
Experiment Processing Engineer
NASA Kennedy Space Center
Who I Am
My name is Rob Kuczajda (pronounced "kutch-ida") and I work for NASA
as an experiment processing engineer on the International Space Station
project. Experiment processing involves the test and check-out of scientific
experiments that are scheduled to fly in space. My job is to test experiments
that will go aboard the Space Station when it is built.
What I Do
My current job involves coordinating with engineers from other NASA centers
and with scientists from around the world. As a team, we design test equipment,
define testing requirements, run tests on the experiments, launch the
experiments, and integrate them onboard the International Space Station.
My Career Journey
I grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where I attended grade school, junior
high, and high school. An electronics course in high school inspired me
to pursue a career in electrical engineering. I enrolled at the University
of Michigan in Dearborn in 1983 and five years later obtained a bachelor
of science in electrical engineering degree.
The summer before I graduated college, I applied for an internship at
NASA. To my surprise, I was hired and I spent the next three months in
a design group at the Kennedy Space Center. A year later, when I graduated,
they hired me full-time!
Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my wife Jackie and our friends
in Orlando where we live. We like to go to the movies and to cultural
events in the city. In my spare time I play bass guitar in a rock-and-roll
band called "After Hours."
Likes About Career
Working at the Kennedy Space Center is very exciting because this is
where the Space Shuttle launches and lands. I have seen over fifty Shuttle
launches since I started working here in 1988. I have had the opportunity
to be in the Firing Room on the Shuttle Launch Team for numerous missions.
Study hard in school and pay particular attention to your math, science,
and computer classes. Try to improve your personal communication skills
and learn to work as a member of a team. Most of all, stay focused. Through
hard work and determination you will meet all your goals!