Jonathan Looser grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, home of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. It wasn't until a college pre-engineering class that he became interested in a career aimed at the stars.
Looser, who worked with TI to develop Fuel for the Fire, says a STEM education opens doors to “almost limitless” 21st-century career opportunities.
“You can start as an entry-level engineer, scientist, business analyst or technician,” he says, and go on to become “the senior expert in your particular area, a chief engineer for a major program, a program or project manager, chief safety officer, department manager or even a NASA executive.”
Looser worked in Marshall Space Flight Center’s cooperative education group supporting the space shuttle program while studying engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Now, as the lead propulsion engineer for the Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage, he oversees the design, development, testing, integration and operation of the largest rocket stage ever built.