Leading the Final Frontier

Feb 22, 2018 4:00pm-5:30pm (Johnson 221)
Leadership Academy Pillar: COLLABORATIVE

In this special Leadership Academy session, Tracy Drain, the Deputy Chief Engineer for Mission Juno to Jupiter,shared leadership perspectives from her personal life experiences and incredible work at NASA. With over 16 years of experience leading to successfully align the people working across the myriad systems of a space mission in each area of design, testing, and operation, Drain has worked on the Mars reconnaissance orbiter, Kepler searching for new habitable planets, and now the first solar powered space craft—that made it to Jupiter in 2016!


As the first person in her immediate family to earn a college degree, she graduated Summa Cum Laudein Mechanical Engineering from the University Kentucky and continued on to complete a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, both in mechanical engineering. After completing four rotations as an engineering co-op student at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton Virginia while in school, she graduated and was hired directly into NASA full-time working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she has been on an accelerated career
trajectory ever since!
We will encourage Q & A, as well as engage in a interactive activity. A brief description of the activity Tracy will challenge Leadership Academy members to engage with is below:

“Fault Trees” critical thinking, systems thinking, prep and collaboration

Students will be introduced to the concept of fault trees with description and a NASA/mission example from Tracy. Students will then work in pairs or small groups to apply to a project/concept of their own. After about 20 minutes there will be a report out.


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(All OSU engineering students in good academic standing are eligible to apply)