An Engineer's Adventures from Outer to Inner Space (and Friends Along the Way)

My story began when I reflected on a comment I'd often said to my sons and friends- “I've never had a boring day in my working life.” And I was truthful! By some magical combination of fortune and effort, I have enjoyed a completely fulfilling career as an engineer involved in a wide range of challenging projects throughout the world from “inner to outer space”.

My purpose in writing this book is to provide a glimpse into a number of projects that I was fortunate to participate in during my career. While people often consider the engineering profession as being filled with numbers and incomprehensible mathematics, or even worse- “boring”, they dismiss engineering as a satisfactory career for themselves or possibly their children. In this book, however, I wish to show a different view of the engineer's work which can be exciting, challenging and fulfilling – anything but dull.

My story will take the reader through a wide range of projects I've been involved in—from the beginning of our country's manned space flights and continuing to the exploration of the ocean's deepest depths. I will also introduce several of very talented “friends along the way” with whom I've had the very good fortune to have known and worked with.

So, especially my young readers, travel with me in my book and discover how adventurous and fulfilling an engineer's work can be.

--Fredric Hettinger



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