Technical prowess is important, but isnt the whole battle - it might not even be the hardest part of the battle. Being able to communicate technical issues clearly to people who have less familiarity with the issue youre working is an important soft skill that often doesnt get discussed in school...
Id like to lead the development and execution of a landing on another planetary body.
Im principally interested in the entry, descent, and landing system.
The EDL system on MSL is innovative, but responds directly to the missions needs. It adopts proven technologies from past missions and applies them in a new way to land more rover in more places.