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Archimedes Archive: The Electrical Power System of the Panama Canal

ASK OCE — August 17, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 12   The construction of the Panama Canal, widely considered one of the world’s greatest civil engineering feats, also necessitated one of the largest and most historic electrical installations of the 20th century.

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India and U.S. to Collaborate on Unmanned Lunar Exploration Mission

ASK OCE — August 17, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 12 India has its eye on the moon, and its burgeoning civil space program is collaborating in new ways with the United States.

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Manned or Unmanned? That Was the Question for STS-1 Project Managers

ASK OCE — August 17, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 12   In the early 1970s, there were a number of challenges involved in bringing the new and complex Space Shuttle program on line. None loomed larger, however, than the ultimate decision by the program team to launch STS-1 with a human crew on board […]

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Understanding Near-Misses at NASA

ASK OCE — August 17, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 12 The thin line between mission success and failure holds important lessons for NASA, according to Georgetown University Professor Cathy Tinsley. Tinsley and her colleague Robin Dillon-Merrill have been studying perceptions of so-called “near-misses” — events that have positive outcomes but could have resulted in […]

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The SEED Program: Systems Engineer Development at GSFC

ASK OCE — August 17, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 12   Systems engineers are made, not born. So what does it take to make one? It depends who you ask, according to Carolyn Casey, Career Development and Leadership Manager for the Engineering Directorate at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). “You have a lot of […]

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Leadership Corner: Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?

ASK OCE — August 17, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 12   Why should anyone be led by you? It’s a question for every leader to consider. London Business School professors Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones have examined this question in depth in their new book of the same name (Why Should Anyone Be Led […]

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This Week in NASA History: Voyagers 1 and 2 Embark on Planetary Grand Tour

ASK OCE — August 17, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 1   On August 20, 1977, NASA launched Voyager 2 aboard a Titan Centaur expendable rocket on the first leg of a “Grand Tour” of the outer solar system.

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Message from the Chief Engineer: Management in a Technical Organization

ASK OCE — August 17, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 12   By Chris Scolese   Anyone who works at NASA knows that this is first and foremost a technical organization. We build, buy, and operate the most complex flight systems known to humankind. This requires a highly skilled workforce at every level, from the […]

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