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I’m Staying at NASA

2015 seems to be a big year for me. I lived somewhere outside my hometown for the first time ever. I just finished an internship at NASA, a place at which I’ve dreamed of working since I was eight years old. I walked in my college graduation ceremonies this past weekend.

So, my birthday seems an appropriate time to tell everyone that I have accepted a full-time position as an International Space Station PLUTO flight controller and I will be working on site at NASA Johnson Space Center permanently. Which also means I will be moving to Houston permanently.

Here’s a link to what a PLUTO controller does:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_controller#Plug-in_Port_Utilization_Officer_.28PLUTO.29

The majority of the work is IT support for the computers and networks on the Space Station.

I start my new position the first week in June. So much to think about and do before then. But first I want to thank some people.

Thank you to Natcho, James, Liz, and everyone here in Houston for helping and supporting while I pursue one of my passions. Thank you to the NASA NA Directorate and especially the NE family – Bill Mcallister, Desiree, Bill McArthur, John, Peter, Matt, Sarah, Barbara, Larissa, Kristi, Alan, Deborah, Lori, Patrick, Helen, Chris, Mike, and Mesha.

Thank you to the entire Spring 2015 intern and co-op class. You all are great people and will have incredible careers where ever you end up (hopefully at JSC). Special thanks to Izzy, Jonathon, Andy R (no Flux), Tyler, the guy with two first names: Christopher Patrick, Ryan, Matt. Thank you for making me feel like family. I expect to see you all back so we can run the place ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks to my Sherman family for supporting me in this crazy adventure: Mikey, Robert, The Real Deal Neal, Danny D, G-Man, Slammers, Steph, Traci, Big Daddy, and D and Terry. You are the best team, and people I’ve ever worked with. I’m going to miss you all.

Thank you to my boys back home who’ve supported me: Quinn, Farley, and Egyptian Mike. You are my brothers. Family always.

Thank you to my blood brothers and sisters. Amy, Dan, Elizabeth, and Christie. Always there for me.

To my Mom who is no longer with us, thank you for teaching me to follow my dreams. I hope I’m making you proud.

To the most amazing friend anyone could ever imagine who I met while I was here: I feel like we’ve been friends for ages. Thank you for your help and support. You’re intelligent, kind – wonderful in every way ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you to my Dad and my son. You have been more than understanding and supportive. I couldn’t have done any of this without you. I love you.

It’s going to be a fun ride ๐Ÿ™‚

#JSC #NASAIntern – Going Way Too Fast

Well Week 6 of my #NASAIntern is almost half complete. I knew this experience would go WAY too fast.

Since the last post we’ve demoed one of the projects I’ve been working on and it was received well. People are already using it to gather historical Space Station telemetry data orders of magnitude quicker. To be fair the base portion of the app was accomplished by the great work of the interns that came before me. Thank you for leaving with a great base upon which to build.

#JSC #NASAIntern Week 4 is Beginning

Wow! Week 4 is beginning (and my journaling skillz are weak). I’m doing a good job journaling the work things in OneNote though so that’ll help. I promise I will journal at least four times per week.

This week is the big telemetry demo for John (one of my mentors). I absolutely have to get that form complete today so he can test it tomorrow.

Last week we went on a tour of Building 9, Mission Control, and historic Mission Control. The picture you see in this entry is of us in the ISS mockup in Building 9.

We get to see such amazing things being an intern. I can’t wait to go full-time. It WILL happen ๐Ÿ™‚

OK, off to work!!!

Week 2 of #JSC #NASAIntern Has Begun

Week 2 of my JSC internship has begun. The first item on my project plan is complete. I’ll have to get with John to see if that’s what he had in mind.

Yesterday was the big #StateOfNASA address. Administrator Bolden was at Kennedy Space Center but we watched from the Teague auditorium at JSC. The Administrator outlined all of the accomplishments of 2014 and laid out what’s ahead for the Agency. I have to say it’s an exciting time to be working at NASA.

Another surreal moment happened when our division director, former astronaut Bill McArthur, walked by me in the auditorium and said “Hi Flux.” I was almost speechless.

I worked late again, leaving at around 19:30. I have to get in as much time as I can while I’m here ๐Ÿ™‚

I was a little deficient journaling/blogging last week. I will do better this week.