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.

aerospace engineering

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


vehicle able to travel and operate above the ground.


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


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


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


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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