Engineering, My Ticket to the Moon!

My name is Chris and I have been an engineer at Lockheed Martin for five years.  I have always thought that engineering would be my ticket to get to the moon!  My entire childhood I dreamed of being an astronaut.  Flying through space just seemed like the only place I wanted to be.  As I grew older, the dream never waned.  Even though my eyesight did not allow me to become a test pilot (the most common way to become an astronaut), I continued to strive for my goal.  By becoming an engineer, I figured I could build the space ship that I dreamed of travelling in.

My career definitely started for me during my youth through the support of my parents and teachers.  One way that teachers and parents can empower young people to become engineers is to give them problems to tackle at an early age.  With every solution, your confidence will grow and that will motivate you to conquer harder problems.  I always tell students that no issue is too large for them to solve!

One of my most exciting assignments was working onboard a U.S. Navy submarine.  It was tight quarters, hot and packed with people. Every day was thrilling. My work on radar systems that help protect our troops from enemy fire was very rewarding, too.  While working on systems with innovative technology is always a challenge, being a part of the final working product is very gratifying.  

Every day I see engineers solve difficult and exciting problems.  From seeing satellites in space to tracking submarines deep in the ocean, engineers have solved it! The best part about engineering is that nothing but your imagination limits what you can do.  With enough effort and resources, almost anything is possible!

If you have any questions for me, please feel free to contact me at Christopher.Barr@lmco.com.  Never stop trying to make your dreams come true because your dreams will be tomorrow’s reality!  I look forward to seeing what a great world today’s young people will help create!

Christopher Barr
Lockheed Martin MS2

Even though my eyesight did not allow me to become a test pilot ... By becoming an engineer, I figured I could build the space ship that I dreamed of travelling in.