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combusean Feb 7, 2020 6:56 AM

I just got a job with NASA in Mountain View, California at the Ames Research Center. It is an unreal victory in my hellacious job market and field.

But I cannot forget my professional upbringing in Tempe and Phoenix that led me to this day starting from over 25 years ago when I was a junior-high school student learning to run a Linux server with a 90 MHz Pentium with 64 MB RAM in my ASU mentorship.

I look forward to the new generations the Valley of the Sun will produce.

PHX31 Feb 7, 2020 2:49 PM

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Originally Posted by combusean (Post 8823867)
I just got a job with NASA in Mountain View, California at the Ames Research Center. It is an unreal victory in my hellacious job market and field.

But I cannot forget my professional upbringing in Tempe and Phoenix that led me to this day starting from over 25 years ago when I was a junior-high school student learning to run a Linux server with a 90 MHz Pentium with 64 MB RAM in my ASU mentorship.

I look forward to the new generations the Valley of the Sun will produce.

Congrats!

My 4 year old son seems interested in rockets and space (like a lot of youngsters). What would you say is the best course he could take to someday work at NASA? Now, I'm not even coming close to trying to chart a path for him at all, but I'm just trying to understand how people in general eventually get in a position like you working for a place like NASA or JPL or the like.

Do they need to go to elite charter schools and prep schools then elite colleges? Or could he make it there via public schools by simply having a focused interest, work hard on after school activities/clubs, and maybe just be uber smart?

DesertRay Feb 7, 2020 2:51 PM

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Originally Posted by combusean (Post 8823867)
I just got a job with NASA in Mountain View, California at the Ames Research Center. It is an unreal victory in my hellacious job market and field.

But I cannot forget my professional upbringing in Tempe and Phoenix that led me to this day starting from over 25 years ago when I was a junior-high school student learning to run a Linux server with a 90 MHz Pentium with 64 MB RAM in my ASU mentorship.

I look forward to the new generations the Valley of the Sun will produce.

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Nice, nice job staying the course and getting the prize. Do you mind sharing more of your journey there, so that lurkers can benefit from how the heck you got to where you are going?

muertecaza Feb 7, 2020 4:22 PM

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Originally Posted by combusean (Post 8823867)
I just got a job with NASA in Mountain View, California at the Ames Research Center. It is an unreal victory in my hellacious job market and field.

But I cannot forget my professional upbringing in Tempe and Phoenix that led me to this day starting from over 25 years ago when I was a junior-high school student learning to run a Linux server with a 90 MHz Pentium with 64 MB RAM in my ASU mentorship.

I look forward to the new generations the Valley of the Sun will produce.

Congratulations--one small step for an Arizonian, one giant leap for Arizona-kind.

azliam Feb 7, 2020 4:36 PM

Congratulations Sean!

Classical in Phoenix Feb 7, 2020 6:02 PM

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Originally Posted by combusean (Post 8823867)
I just got a job with NASA in Mountain View, California at the Ames Research Center. It is an unreal victory in my hellacious job market and field.

But I cannot forget my professional upbringing in Tempe and Phoenix that led me to this day starting from over 25 years ago when I was a junior-high school student learning to run a Linux server with a 90 MHz Pentium with 64 MB RAM in my ASU mentorship.

I look forward to the new generations the Valley of the Sun will produce.

Congratulations! Best of luck to you.

biggus diggus Feb 7, 2020 6:30 PM

What is your field?

Congratulations on your new position.

combusean Feb 8, 2020 1:32 AM

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Originally Posted by PHX31 (Post 8824043)
Congrats!

My 4 year old son seems interested in rockets and space (like a lot of youngsters). What would you say is the best course he could take to someday work at NASA? Now, I'm not even coming close to trying to chart a path for him at all, but I'm just trying to understand how people in general eventually get in a position like you working for a place like NASA or JPL or the like.

Do they need to go to elite charter schools and prep schools then elite colleges? Or could he make it there via public schools by simply having a focused interest, work hard on after school activities/clubs, and maybe just be uber smart?

So what surprised me about this is that NASA as I understand it is effectively split into two directions: the missions themselves and the data that they gather. I am going to work on the latter at the cloud computing center because NASA is one of AWS’s biggest customers.

There were a few things that won me the job: 13 years of industry experience but most importantly the soft skills. They didn’t interview me on the technical side which is probably why I got it. Being friendly, knowing my field, and knowing how to solve customer problems was essential to me landing this job.

Technical people tend to be difficult at best to work with so while you can grow up your kid in a highly intelligent environment, they need to know how to work with others.

combusean Feb 8, 2020 1:45 AM

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Originally Posted by DesertRay (Post 8824044)
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Nice, nice job staying the course and getting the prize. Do you mind sharing more of your journey there, so that lurkers can benefit from how the heck you got to where you are going?

I had the experience of a mentorship that no longer exists at Arizona State University because they no longer allow individual servers on the network. My father was a professor there and the College of Education at ASU needed some tech help many years ago.

Somewhere around 1995 when I was in junior high I was granted “root” at a Linux box at that college of education which pretty much accelerated my tech knowledge.

From there it became an operations and system administrator field to web programming and that’s what kept my career going until pretty much 2012 when I had to leave Phoenix for better pastures when there were no jobs available.

I continued my Web app experience until 2014 when I fell into this field known as “Devops” where development and operations are fused together so I’m supposed to be two people in one.

I got fucked over and laid off a bunch of times doing this because this field is notoriously pickyand unstable but whatever. I’m working for NASA!


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