I am a local boy from the Great State of Alabama. Born and Raised! I grew up less than 7 miles, as the crow flies, from where my home is currently. When I tell people that, sometimes they assume I am just another Alabama hillbilly bumpkin who lives on the family farm. Well, most of that is right! Except that God has been Great to my family.
I grew up an avid hunter and fisher of many species! I was fortunate enough that I traveled all over this great country and experienced what it has to offer, from deep sea fishing off the coast of Florida to big game hunting in Wyoming. But fishing has always been my first outdoor love.
I grew up in Harvest, Alabama where I had a fairly standard childhood. I played all the sports. Despite ALWAYS being smaller than everyone else, I was a competitor and gave it my all.
After High School, I attended UAHuntsville and graduated in 2008 (yes, that's 7 years) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
But, I finally did graduate and I said I would never go back. Mostly because, up to the day I graduated. I wasn't even sure I would graduate. Heck, when I walked across the stage, the piece of paper said "This is NOT YOUR DEGREE! Don't Panic!" But graduation meant finding a job. Jobs are hard to find for a middle-of-the-road student. Luckily, I was just what NASA was looking for: a well rounded, not too-great-at-anything but ok-at-alot engineer. Sometimes I wonder if they got the right guy, really.
But I took the job, as it was the only offer I got. Being that it was at Marshall Space Flight Center...just 15 minutes away, there was no life changing moves needed.
I went to work in the Damage Tolerance Assessment and Non-Destructive Evaluation Group. Boy, that's a mouth full, eh!
Here I am inspecting the External Tank of the Space Shuttle, ensuring that we don't have another Columbia accident!
Out of work, I have 3 beautiful children, Aubree, Griffin, and Gavin.