1. Aerospace engineering involves aeronautics (Aero - vehicles in lower air medium, i.e., airplanes, jets, helicopters, glider, balloons) and astronautics (an old term that describes vehicles that work in the upper atmosphere of space, i.e., satellites, International Space Station, Space Shuttle, rockets)
2. My education did prepare me for my career. But there are always surprises. One major surprise was the first Space Shuttle disaster. I graduated that spring and realized the jobs I wanted to work on were at a standstill. I decided to go to graduate school.
3. When attending MIT I was ill prepared for the level of mathematics that I was expected to have mastered. Also, as a practicing engineer money and time are never enough.
4. My job is great. I really like the fact that I am always learning something new. My days are never the same.
5. BS from Mass. Institute of Technology Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering
Master of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy from Howard University Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Option
Classes were in: technical writing; computer programming; electrical eng. - optimization, circuitry and control theory; civil eng. - structures, finite element theory; mathematics - linear algebra, calculus, differential equations, applied mathematics, statistics; mechanical eng. - vibrations, mechanics, system dynamics, astrodynamics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, aerodynamics, etc....
6. All the time. We are sent lots of announcements, have workshops and lectures that are available to all employees.
7. Nope. But I think about extending my knowledge to other fields.
8. I love teaching and speaking about what I do. Aprille Ericsson