Name: Erik Judson

Birth Date: October 24, 1987

Hometown: Ketchikan, Alaska

Worksite: Boeing Satellite Development Center

Career Interest: Mechanical Engineering


          In my free time, I play a lot of music. When I get home from school, I have something to eat and invariably end up practicing piano for either my church playing job or one of my two jazz bands. During this program, I started having what can best be described as music withdrawals—basically craving the chance to play an instrument. Fortunately, others in the group also went to the music hall to play at least once a week.

Apartment #: 2204

Roommate: Raymond Muñoz

What did you think about your apartment?

My apartment was very smooth running. We all pitched and stayed on top of our assigned duties. It had a very laid back atmosphere and felt comfortable.

What did you learn from living in an apartment with other people?

Sometimes, it’s tough living with other people—relying on them for cooking dinner, waiting for a shower, etc. Most of the time, though, living in an apartment is enjoyable and simple.

Describe what you did and learned at your summer work site.

My worksite was highly interesting. Everybody was helpful in explaining my project and getting me started on the main idea. Lunchtime was enjoyable and I got to know my site’s co-workers better than those I didn’t work with. The number one thing I’ve learned this summer is that every job has its ups and downs in terms of being enjoyable. I need to simply do what I love and not hate what I don’t.

What was your favorite experience at NASA SHARP?

My favorite experience during the NASA SHARP program was going to the movies the second time. Following the movies, the four of us that went to War of the Worlds were the first ones done. We all agreed to tell the rest of the people, including the RA’s, that we had been kicked out for yelling during the movie. Everyone believed us in one way or another, even the following day after we had revealed it was a joke.

Words to live by:

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!), but ‘That’s funny…’” - Isaac Asimov

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