How to Get a Job in Aerospace

“Best thing students can do is reach out through their networks to find someone who works in the industry.”
Andrew Pienkow, MechE 1T2+PEY, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty

“…for students/grads looking for a job in aerospace there are a couple of things I’d recommend/look for. One is true passion for the industry and company they’re interviewing for… knowledge of the company and passion shows the interviewer that the candidate isn’t just sending out tons of resumes to get a job anywhere, the company they’re interviewing for actually means they’ll want to stay/work hard to get where they want to go in their careers and possibly stay in the company for a while. Secondly, make sure you read the job description carefully and try to get information about the job so that questions, even high level, can be answered intelligently.”
Rob Remba, ECE 0T4, Bombardier Aerospace

“Students who are interested should invest some time in their passion. I recommend reading up about the products and services of the company and the target markets.”
Andy Chen, MechE 1T3+PEY, Bombardier Aerospace, Eurocopter Canada

“You have to be very proactive in seeking out jobs. For example reaching out to people in the company to get you connected, or showing your interest through your extracurriculars.”
Jonathan Yam, NSCI 1T3 (Aero) + PEY, Bombardier Aerospace

“Whether it is for an interview, when writing a cover letter, or to a career fair the most beneficial thing I have found is to know as much possible about the company & the industry you would be working in. See if there are any current events (in the news, stocks, economy, etc) that could be affecting the company as well. From my experience employers look to hire someone who has a the fundamental knowledge behind what the job requires, has the interest & enthusiasm for the job and will put in the work to learn what they don’t know.”
Kristina Menton, MechE 1T4+PEY, Pratt & Whitney Canada

WordPress Turns 10 Today

Yup, can you believe it? WordPress started 10 years ago when Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg initiated as a fork of b2/cafelog. Today, it powers 60 million websites worldwide. As a free and open source blogging tool and content management system, it has changed the way many people structure and publish their blogs, including my own. Many businesses also took on WP for it’s usability and creativity. Push on WP!

RIP Const. Garrett Styles

Const. Garrett Styles, a 32-year-old veteran of the York Regional Police service was killed in the line of duty Tuesday morning.

He is survived by his wife and their two small children.

The 2010 Yushu earthquake struck on April 14, 2010, and registered a magnitude of 6.9.
2,064 confirmed dead
12,135 injured
175 missing

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Why Oscar didn’t embrace ‘Avatar’

Sun Mar 07, 2010, 10:02 pm EST Yahoo! Movies

By the time “The Hurt Locker” won best picture Sunday night, it seemed almost a foregone conclusion since it previously earned honors from the Producer’s Guild, BAFTA, Broadcast Critics, the National Society and critics groups in New York, L.A. and elsewhere.

But “Hurt Locker” was anything but a sure thing. In a historical context, its win is surprising.

After all, it is the lowest-grossing best picture winner of all time; it was never on more than 535 movie screens; and it beat the highest-grossing movie in modern history, one that has continued to play on thousands of screens for nearly three months. In the era of blockbusters, “Locker” cost a mere $11 million to make compared with the more than $230 million cost of “Avatar.”

To earn its gold, “Hurt Locker” had to break what producer Greg Shapiro called “The Iraq War Curse,” referring to all the movies touching on that conflict that had failed to find an audience. It had to weather attacks in the media and from some in the military who questioned the realism of how it portrayed the bomb removal unit.

The film also drew censure for the behavior of one of its producers, the first to be banned from attending the Academy Awards. And it had to win with backing from Summit Entertainment, a relatively new and small distributor that had never before won an Oscar.

There also is the parallel question of whether “Avatar” and distributor Fox contributed to their own demise in the best picture race.

The sci-fi epic had been critically acclaimed, far more widely seen and was widely heralded for its breakthrough technology. And it boasted the deep pocket backing of a major Hollywood studio.

Could it be explained as the ultimate example of the split personality in Hollywood, where movie choices are mostly driven by the need to make large amounts of money but where the people behind the camera still want to be seen as making art? And was it hurt by attacks from the political right on the movie’s plot, which was seen as a dig on America’s Iraq incursion?

Or was “Avatar’s” Oscar hopes doomed because it was sci-fi, a genre that rarely has been rewarded by Oscar? After all, there are precedents.

NASA Day of Remembrance

“Each January, we honor the Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia crews, as well as other members of the NASA family who lost their lives supporting NASA’s mission of exploration. We thank them and their families for their extraordinary sacrifices in the service of mankind…”

— Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
NASA Administrator

Apollo I

On January 27, 1967, veteran astronaut Gus Grisson, first American spacewalker Ed white, and rookie Roger Chafee were sitting atop the launch pad fora pre-launch test when a fire broke out in their Apollo capsule.

Gus Grisson, Ed white, Roger Chaffee

STS-51L Challenger

Just 73 seconds after launch on the morning of January 28, 1986, a booster engine failed and caused the shuttle Challenger to break apart, taking the lives of all seven crewmembers.

(front row) Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair; (back row) Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik.

STS-107 Columbia

The seven member crew of the STS-107 mission was just 16 minutes from landing on the morning of Feb. 1, 2003, when Mission Control lost contact with the Shuttle Columbia. A piece of foam, falling from the external tank during launch, had opened a hole in one of the Shuttle’s wings, leading to the break up of the orbiter upon re-entry.

L to R: Brown, Husband, Clark, Chawla, Anderson, McCool, Ramon.

Dec 27

Today’s workout was extremely short, something like 20min, focusing mainly on bicep and pecs.

Bicep curl 30lb-20, 40lb-20, 20lb-isolate-20 each.
Bench press 80lb-20, 90lb-20
Shoulder lift 20lb 20 each arm.