Robert Ruszkowski, Senior Aircraft Designer, turned his childhood obsession with drawing into a career as an engineer.

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  • Robert Ruszkowski grew up knowing that math and science are extremely important for someone wanting to become an engineer or scientist. As a young boy, he developed an interest in art and design by drawing aircraft. Later, this passion grew to include engineering, which propelled him to his dream career as an aerospace engineer and designer.


    Aerospace engineers study, design, develop, and construct aircraft and spacecraft, as well as the technologies they require. As a senior aircraft designer for Lockheed Martin, Ruszkowski has worked on numerous engineering and design projects that continue to inspire him. His work reflects his personality and a sense of exploration, which he says is important for successful design and engineering. Through his work, he has also learned that no matter how unconventional or “far out” ideas can seem, they can become a reality.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    aerospace engineering Noun

    branch of engineering dealing with the design, construction, and operation of aircraft and spacecraft.

    aircraft Noun

    vehicle able to travel and operate above the ground.

    engineering Noun

    the art and science of building, maintaining, moving, and demolishing structures.

    mathematics Noun

    study of the relationships between numbers, quantities, shapes, and spaces.

    science Noun

    knowledge focused on facts based on observation, identification, description, investigation, and explanation.


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This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-0840250. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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