What advice can you offer to young scientists or engineers?
Enjoy what you do... don't rush through things... understand what you learn, don't just go through the motions.
Be curious and keep learning!
Don't give up!
What are your personal goals for the future?
Hopefully one day I will be able to lead a team of software engineers working on a NASA space exploration mission.
If NASA ever wants a volunteer person to go to Mars, I'm there!!
Achieve the highest rank, yodan (5th degree black belt) in Shotokan Karate one day.
What are your dreams for the future of exploration?
Hopefully one day, we are able to travel to different planets easily.
What portion of this mission interests you the most?
What will the rovers discover on Mars.
What is the most fascinating thing about your mission?
Landing the rovers on Mars successfully!!!
What's the most challenging part of your job?
There were times that I spent days trying to find out the software problem and there was no progress!!
I kept at it and eventually found and fixed the problem!!
What is unique about your job?
Developing software that are flying in space and running on different planets!
What’s the most extraordinary experience you've had so far on this mission?
When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to do many things... but the two things that I wanted to do most when I grew up was to become an astronaut or a fighter pilot.
What excites you about Mars or about space exploration?
I really love finding out what exists on other planets. It is also a stepping stone for humans to eventually be able to explore/travel to other planets in search of other beings.
Do you work on any other projects at your company?
I worked on several other projects as I described in my background.
Do you have any hobbies?
I love to do many things... I'm into all kind of sports (basketball, volleyball, ping pong, pool, badminton, and karate). I'm currently concentrating on karate.
I also go offroad, skiing, and camping with my family from time to time.
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?
There were a few of us on the Mars Exploration Rover flight software team who promised to go sky diving if the rovers successfully landed on Mars. Here's the picture that shows four of us made good on that promise.
(from left to right - Dr. Robert Bonitz, Jason Fox, Quy Ho, and Glenn Reeves)