Nurturing Trust

By Ron Taylor   In my father’s generation, leaders were expected to give orders and workers were expected to take them. You did what you were told to do or you were fired.

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Redesigning the FUSE Mission

Redesigning the FUSE Mission

By Warren Moos, Dennis McCarthy, and Jeffrey Kruk   The Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) was conceived in the early eighties as a follow-on to the Copernicus mission, launched in the early seventies.

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The Decision

By Harvey Schabes   ‘Twas the night before the night before the night before Christmas, a cold and snowy night.

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Reflections of a Deputy

Reflections of a Deputy

By Cathy Peddie   When Craig Tooley, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) project manager, offered me a job as his deputy, I reacted as I had to all decisions that have a great impact on my life: I slept on it and looked at it in the cold, cruel light of dawn.

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The Big Dig: Learning from a Mega Project

The Big Dig: Learning from a Mega Project

By Virginia Greiman   Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel Project, commonly known as the Big Dig, was the largest, most complex, and most technically challenging highway project in American history.

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Islands and Labyrinths: Overcoming Barriers to Effective Knowledge Transfer

By T.J. Elliott   To improve knowledge sharing, ETS has sponsored new-idea contests and forums—both virtual and face to face.

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Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders

By Kerry Ellis   According to the World Bank, more than 1.1 billion people do not have access to clean, safe water, and 1.6 million children die each year as a result of illness related to inadequate water supply and sanitation.

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Ten Systems Engineering Lessons Learned

Ten Systems Engineering Lessons Learned

By John Ruffa   When I was appointed the mission systems engineer of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) at Goddard Space Flight Center, I was understandably nervous.

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