May 18, 2013

The following jpegs were furnished by Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor for Design News Daily.

I don’t know about you but I’m absolutely disgusted by the political spectacle displayed daily by the crowd in Washington D.C.   It’s really embarrassing to “we the people” who pay the bills in this country.   Makes you wonder  if any honesty exists within the D.C. “beltway “and makes  you very interested finding  anyone with “the right stuff”.    Do they even exist anymore?   Remember honesty?  Remember the call to accept a challenge?  Remember when obtaining and keeping political power was not the sole reason for waking up?  Remember when good solid boring facts were much more important than being politically correct– just to appease someone’s “base”?  Remember when having a “brand” referenced the mark on a cow’s butt?

Let’s now take a look at several people who had the “right stuff”.  By the way, they were all engineers.

Origional 7


At least five of the seven famed Mercury 7 astronauts of the 1960s were engineers and the sixth and seventh were graduates of the Naval Academy, which offered technical degrees but didn’t specify an area of concentration at the time. Portrayed in Tom Wolfe’s book and in the subsequent movie The Right Stuff, the Mercury 7 crew were considered national heroes for their contributions to the “space race.”

BACK ROW, left to right: Alan Sheppard, B.S. from the US Naval Academy, which did not at the time specify an area of concentration; Gus Grissom, B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University; Gordon Cooper, B.S. in aeronautical engineering from Air Force Institute of Technology. FRONT ROW: Walter Schirra, B.S. Newark College of Engineering and US Naval Academy; Deke Slayton, B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the University of Minnesota; John Glenn, B.S. in engineering from Muskingum College; Scott Carpenter; B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the University of Colorado. Carpenter is said to have missed the final exam for his heat transfer class, leaving him a credit short of a degree, but the university granted him the final credit after his Mercury flight.   (Source: Kennedy Space Center)

Neil Armstrong


Neil Armstrong’s name was forever etched in history after he became the first man to set foot on the moon in 1969. Armstrong earned a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University and an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California.  (Source: Johnson Space Center)

Norman Swartzcroft


Commander in Chief of the US Forces in Operation Desert Shield, Norman Schwarzkopf earned a B.S. in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California with a specialty of guided missile engineering. At West Point, Schwarzkopf also played on the football team, wrestled, sang, conducted the chapel choir, and later served as an instructor of engineering mechanics.  (Source: Wikipedia)

Bonie Dunbar


A veteran of five space flights, Bonnie Dunbar has logged more than 50 days in space. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in ceramics engineering from the University of Washington and has a doctorate in mechanical/biomedical engineering from the University of Houston. Dunbar was also the Design News Engineer of the Year in 1993.

Judith Resnick


NASA astronaut Judith Resnick was a mission specialist who logged more than 144 hours in space. She earned a BS in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland. She was one of seven crew members who died on January 28, 1986, when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after launch.   (Source: Johnson Space Center)

Elan Ochoa


Ellen Ochoa served on approximately 40 days of space missions in 1993, ’94, ’99, and 2002. She holds a B.S. in physics from the San Diego State University, as well as M.S. and PhD degrees from Stanford in electrical engineering.  (Source: Johnson Space Center)

NOW–THESE FOLKS HAD AND HAVE THE RIGHT STUFF.  That’s what we are looking for in today’s leaders.


3 Responses to “THE RIGHT STUFF”

  1. MayEl Says:

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    • cielotech Says:

      Hello MayEl–Thank you so much for the very kind words. I definitely hope you will come back and take another look. I love writing these posts and hopefully readers will find value-added. Again, many thanks.


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