meet   linda fuhrman
aer0space engineer
Profiles of STEM in ACTION
APRIL 26, 2011                
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 HOBBIES & Interests 
gardening,hiking and exploring, reading
cultural exploration (food, language, dress, mannerisms); exciting young people about the world and how things work

Linda Robeck Fuhrman, a graduate of the MIT and Stanford Aerospace programs, is a native of the Boston area who joined Draper Laboratory after over 13 years working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).  She started her aerospace career while still a student at MIT, studying how astronauts adapted to the weightless environment of the Space Shuttle. For her experiments she worked closely with three different Space Shuttle crews, and contributed to related work on five different Space Shuttle payload missions. While at JPL she served in a wide variety of roles in the Guidance & Control and Mechanical Engineering Divisions, working on instruments for Earth orbiting spacecraft (such as the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer, now on board NASA’s Aura spacecraft), designing systems for the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn, and had a major role in the integration and test of the 1997 Mars Pathfinder spacecraft to land the first rover on Mars. At Draper, Linda spent 6 years serving as the Program Manager for Space Science Projects in Draper Laboratory’s Space Programs Office. In this role she was involved in development of a variety of space exploration programs including a robotic Mars Airplane, advanced sensor web technologies for Earth Science, and the development of the next Lunar Lander. Currently the Director of Education for Draper Laboratory, she administers the graduate education program (sponsoring over 60 graduate students) and administers nearly $3M in on-campus research at universities around the country. She is a recipient of numerous awards including Mass. High Tech. Women to Watch (2006)  and several NASA group achievement awards.


Her Story....

draper laboratory
About linda
Education: Aeronautics & Astronautics, BS (MIT),  MS (Stanford)
Work: Linda’s work experience spans from conceptual designs of interplanetary spacecraft to remotely operating the final vehicle as it orbits a distant planet; from mechanical engineering thermal and structural design to software analysis and test.  She believes a career in engineering, science, or technology can be one of the most rewarding careers one can have – really making a difference in the world by fixing things that are broken and in helping people find new solutions to major problems. She believes her success comes from loving her work helping others and a deep belief her work makes the world a better place for everyone.
Favorite book: The Changing Light at Sandover (poems by James Merrill)
Favorite movie: (realistic) Apollo 13; (Comedy) A Fish Called Wanda
Favorite quote: “Be the change that you want to see in the world.”  - Gandhi
Aeronautics & astronautics