About Glenn Research Center Rocket U
Rocket University (“Rocket U” or “RU”) is a NASA training and development effort designed to develop and maintain systems engineering and project management skills and technical expertise through coursework, hands-on applications, and practice. APPEL has served as a key partner with NASA’s Rocket U program as part of its commitment to hands-on training and development for the NASA workforce.
In November 2013, Glenn Research Center (GRC) launched its pilot Rocket University program. Designed to train early-career Glenn employees through hands-on experience with the full lifecycle of a flight project, the program seeks to develop the next-generation workforce as they transition into higher-profile projects.
Utilizing a combination of APPEL courses, center-based courses, subject matter experts, applied laboratories, and mentoring, Rocket U participants have had the opportunity to gain technical knowledge and experience on a cross-functional project team in a low-risk, low-cost environment. As Rocket U participants progress through project design, testing, fabrication, implementation, and capturing lessons learned, they develop a foundation for basic project planning skills and an awareness of safety and quality assurance practices.
Glenn’s Rocket U seeks to address advanced training on product engineering, systems engineering, project management and to foster a culture of innovation, creativity, and learning to enable its workforce to achieve mission success.
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Glenn Research Center’s Rocket University applicants must have the following qualifications:
- Term or permanent civil servant
- GS 7 – 13
- Assigned to a scientific/research, engineering, technical, or project management position
Applications are reviewed by a center Human Resource Panel, comprised of leadership from each of the center directorates.
Mentoring plays a significant role in the success of the Rocket U program and participant experience. If you are interested in participating as a mentor, please contact GRC Rocket U Technical Lead Paul Bartolotta.
The Glenn Rocket U program consists of four main components: Systems Engineering & Safety Core, Technical Core, Technical Electives, and Projects.
The Systems Engineering & Safety Core consists of courses offered through APPEL, Glenn, and the NASA Safety Center (NSC).
- Lifecycle Processes and Systems Engineering (APPEL)
- COMPASS Analysis of Alternatives (GRC)
- Project Planning Analysis and Control (APPEL)
- Risk Management (NSC web-based and on-the-job training)
- Requirements Development and Management (APPEL)
- Space System Verification and Validation (APPEL)
- Space Systems Lessons Learned (Subject Matter Expert Larry Ross)
- STEP Level 1 Course (NSC)
The Technical Core addresses avionics/embedded systems, flight structures, fundamentals, and propulsion and power.
- Inertia Navigation
- Embedded Linux
- Real Time Operating Systems: RTEMS
- Real Time Operating Systems: VxWorks
- Communications & Telemetry
- Aeronautics Propulsion Basics
- Dynamics in structures with NASTRAN
- Composite Structures with NASTRAN
- CREO Introduction
- 3-D Printing Familiarization
- Analysis, Design, and Sim with Matlab Simulink
- Instrumentation Selection
- Fabrication Overview (additive vs. conventional manufacturing)
- Propulsion and Power
- Power systems design & integration
Technical Electives include workshops and courses that are added to the program based on project selection by the participants.
Projects serve as the hands-on training ground for the program, where participants are able to apply their skills and knowledge.
Contact the GRC Rocket U Team
If you are interested in learning more about the Rocket University program at Glenn, please contact the team.
|Rochelle Gallagher||GRC RU Program Manager||216-433-2060|
|Paul Bartolotta||GRC RU Technical Lead||216-433-3338|