Hands-On
  • Reflecting on HOPE

    Reflecting on HOPE


    By Don Heyer   In the final days of 2008, the Science Mission Directorate and the Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership released a new opportunity under a fledgling program: the Hands-on Project Experience, or HOPE.

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  • FAST Learning

    FAST Learning


    By Matthew Kohut   “Fast” is the word that best describes Tom Simon’s experience working at Marshall Space Flight Center on the Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite (FASTSAT), a microsatellite designed to carry six small experiments into space.

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Developmental Programs

NASA’s vision and mission demand a workforce with the ability to design, develop, and execute one-of-a-kind projects in aeronautics research, space exploration, and scientific discovery. Formal development programs and hands-on learning provide early and mid-career professionals with on-the-job learning experiences that accelerate their professional development and readiness to lead.

The Academy’s primary hands-on programs are:

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