Leadership vs. Management Through Rocket Science

This year I have had the privilege of working as a leader for an engineering project for my school. Long story short, I worked with a team of engineering students to design a payload that will ultimately find its way into a sounding rocket to be launched out of Wallops Flight Facility, travel 100 miles above sea level, and go zero to Mach 2 in less than two seconds. We collaborated with two organizations, American Semiconductor Inc. and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It was an absolutely incredible experience.

Here’s the rub though: I have never had this much responsibility before. For the love of everything good, I was 20 years old, leading a team building something that would go in space!