Day 24 as a NASA JPL intern

Joan Marie
1 min readJul 8, 2021

Lo siento to myself for missing 4 days worth of content. Last week I was preparing for the Fourth of July weekend because my partner was visiting from New Jersey. So this post was meant to be written from Wednesday of last week. Nothing too notable from this day except for a call I scheduled with one of the testbed engineers on my team. He’s been working on JPL for quite some time and started as someone who did some unit testing for FSW. He was a SWE for the shuttle specifically for the main payload bank and even integrated @KSC. He kind of got to experience the whole life cycle of missions but was missing one thing: the part where people cared about it. A lot of it were things the public didn’t really see/ know about. Then he got to work on the operations team for the Mars Exploration Rover where he had ab better appreciation. Eventually he moved on to Psyche testbeds as a testbeds engineer. I had a revelation where I found out testbed engineer does not equal systems engineer. Testbed engineers know the testbeds in its entirety while systems engineers perform pieces of work on these testbeds. That may be completely wrong so I’ll fix when I have a better definition.

He left me with this advice:
Try Everything and if you don’t like it try something else!

Thanks Roger!

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Joan Marie

Help. I’m trying to become a better coder/engineer