To young scientists and engineers, you need to always remember that engineers work in teams. Empire builders and glory hounds never have success in this profession. Also, you'll retire from your profession. You'll never retire from your family. Put them first.
My goal for the present and the future is to help children understand why we explore space, and to share my excitement with them. They can decide for themselves if it is something they want for their future.
For the future of space exploration, I am hopeful the United States will build a cislunar infrastructure to benefit all nations aspiring to space exporation, in a manner similar to the way America provides GPS navigation to all the world.
More than anything, the most challenging part of my job is not the spacecraft, but the people. Working in a team of intelligent and dedicated engineers is not easy. It takes a lot of interpersonal skill. While we share the same end-goal, our vision of how to get there is always different.
I think exploration is critically important to the social well-being of humanity, whether it is Mars or the bottom of the ocean. As we explore, we expand our minds with an understanding of the universe.
I have lots of hobbies. They include SCUBA diving, model rocketry, writing (fiction and non-fiction), role-playing games, and lots of other stuff. I also volunteer my time with a search and rescue team.