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Meet: John Preston

Aerospace Engineer

What is your area of expertise?
Rotorcraft Design.

What do you do?
I work with the prediction, design and analysis of advanced concepts for future aircraft.

How did you first become interested in this profession?
I was interested in aircraft and space from a young age.

What helped prepare you for this job?
I worked on related projects in school, and took math and science classes.

What is your education and training?
B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech

Describe your career path?
Graduate research assistant at Georgia Tech – 1 1/2 years
Rotorcraft design with Army Advanced Design Team, Aviation and Missile Command – 12 years

What do you like about your job?
I get to see what future aircraft might be, and why they will or won’t work.

What don't you like about your job?
I dislike the long hours in front of the computer.

What is your advice to anyone interested in this occupation?
You should start early on developing precision and accuracy in your work. A physics-based understanding of how aircraft operate, knowing computer programming, and the ability to present results in understandable format will also help.

What kinds of skills are important to have for this position?
Physics-based understanding of how aircraft operate, computer programming, and the ability to present results in understandable format.

What are your interests outside of work?
Volunteering on rescue team, outdoors activities.



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