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   LuAnn Yeaman

What advice can you offer to young scientists or engineers?

Learn how to work with and contribute to teams. The greatest successes I have seen during my career as an engineer have resulted from the development of a close-knit team that included all disciplines as well as the customer. In addition, I think it is imperative to approach all problems with an attitude which assumes there is an answer to the problem, one just has to get creative to find it.

What are your personal goals for the future?

My goals are to further develop my understanding of Mission Operations and spacecraft development/testing. I would like to continue to inspire creativity and teach the engineering design process to children through coaching Destination Imagination teams. My hope is that these skills will carry students forward with valuable tools applicable to any career, but especially engineering.

What are your dreams for the future of exploration?

I would like to see us develop a human mission to Mars. In addition, as we send more and more spacecraft into space, I would like to see us place reasonable controls on our pollution of space and the exploitation of its resources.

Do you work on any other projects at your company?

I also work on the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) which is scheduled to launch April 2003.

Do you have any hobbies?

My hobbies include tutoring children in mathematics, coaching Destination Imagination teams, skiing, camping, and speaking in classrooms about space launches and exploration.

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