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Meet: Bill Newby

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Computer Aided Design Specialist
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California

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Who I Am
I use software to create detailed drawings for models, design concepts, and facility equipment. I am always working on something new. I have been working at NASA Ames Research Center since I got my AA degree in computer aided design from De Anza College in Cupertino, California. At first I worked at the Ballistics Range on a scramjet project.

I take a designers plan for a full sized space entry vehicle and scale it down to drawings for building a scale model. I need to know what the researchers are studying. If they are studying the aerodynamic effects of the model design then I might have to calculate the center of gravity of the model.

My Career Path
When I was a child I enjoyed anything mechanical: model airplanes and cars. I was very interested in Aerospace in Junior High School.

When I graduated high school, I worked as an automotive technician. I went back to school to study Computer Aided Design (CAD). Both of these fields require spatial reasoning or the ability to think about objects in three dimensions.

Advice
If you are interested in a job like mine, I advise you to stay in school and study hard. It's important to look at the big picture and plan how you can get to where you want to be. Keep a balance in your life too. Get physical exercise too.

Future Plans
In the future I plan to continue my work to learn more about new CAD software and to learn more about engineering design. Personal
In my spare time I work out with weights and work on cars, right now I am working on a 1957 Chevrolet. I have two dogs and I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

 
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