I am a Stability and Controls Engineer in the Flight Sciences Department. My job includes aircraft dynamics modeling, flight test support, and flight test data analysis. Most days I am coding, analyzing data, and running simulations. Flight Sciences being a small team, I get to work on many intriguing projects. I also enjoy working with other teams such as Flight Test and Mechanical Systems. I received my undergraduate degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington and later attended to Stanford to receive my Master’s degree in the same field with a focus on controls. There, I worked on a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and a self-navigating robot.
At Honda Aircraft Company, I can interact with people from all fields; R&D, design, engineering, flight test, production, marketing, sales, customer service, etc. It is rare for everything to be in one facility and to be able to see through the whole process of aircraft conceptual design to customer delivery, and everything in between.I think the ability to see the large picture of the aircraft manufacturing process is extremely unique.
In my career, I have learned to question data and methods used, even those that are “set in stone.” Just because something has been believed to be accurate by many people in the past, there are occasions where it is in fact inaccurate. I have learned that eliminating those inaccuracies and uncertainties can lead to sound engineering judgments.
My advice to young professionals is don’t get frustrated by confusion. Relax. Often times in “real life” situations, there are no clear correct answers or correct actions to a problem, unlike homework and tests. It is crucial to take a moment and face these uncertainties with patience and persistence until a solution is reached. Frustration will only stress you out and slow you down in reaching the solution.