Mentoring College and International Teams
Friday 6/10, 5:00pm Room B
Synopsis: Unlike any other time since the Apollo program in the 1960s, the dream of rocketry is alive! Across the nation and the world, student teams are making the giant leap from Estes class rockets to highly complex Level 2 and 3 design projects. Whether it is a local university which flies at your Prefecture or the more than 150 university teams from all over the world who compete at the Space Port America Cup each year, every one of these teams needs mentoring and support from experienced Level 3 fliers. To quote G. Harry, “it is time to pay it forward!”
Being a team mentor is far more than being a flyer of record for a team launch. Rather, it is the opportunity to share your years of design, fabrication, and flight experience to highly motivated young engineers who don’t know what they can’t do. Beyond the math and engineering which students learn in the classroom, there is an immense body of “tribal knowledge” which you can share with these teams.
This presentation will discuss:
• Understanding the team mindset
• The mentoring process
• Structured design reviews
• Working with international teams
• Focusing on safety
• Responsibilities and risks
If you are ready to share your years of experience, let’s spend an hour together this summer at TRATECH.
Bio: Dr. H. Pat Artis is a Professor of Practice in the Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech. He holds degrees or certificates in Engineering Mechanics, Computer Sciences, Systems Engineering, and Flight Test Engineering. He started his engineering career in 1972 at Bell Laboratories, entered the startup ecosystem at Mornio Associates in the 1980s, and then founded and directed his own engineering company for more than thirty years before returning to Virginia Tech to teach aerospace engineering. Within the department, Dr. Artis is the lead instructor for the sophomore Introduction to Aerospace Engineering and Aircraft Performance course, is co-instructor for two semester capstone aircraft senior design course series, and has authored and presents elective courses in Avionics Systems and Booster Design, Fabrication, and Operation. In addition to his teaching activities, he advises Virginia Tech’s NASA SLI, Rocketry@VT, and Orbital Launch Vehicle Team. Wherever possible, he incorporates a rocket design, build, and fly project in his courses.
Dr. Artis has been building and flying rockets since 1958. He has been a member of NAR for more than six decades, has been a member of Tripoli for two decades, is a TAP member, and continues to be an active flier.