As a teenager, all Adam Steltzner wanted to be was a rock star. Although music didn’t become his career, he still sports an Elvis-style pompadour and went on to become one of the rock stars of technology and innovation for NASA–leading the team that engineered the remarkable landing of the Mars Rover “Curiosity” on the red planet in August of 2012.
As the face of the Mars Science Laboratory mission for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Steltzner serves as the chief landing engineer and landing system development manager and was responsible for the entry, descent and landing phase to ensure that the intricately designed Mars rover vehicle landed safely. This historic moment was hailed by President Obama who said, “The successful landing of Curiosity – the most sophisticated roving laboratory ever to land on another planet – marks an unprecedented feat of technology that will stand as a point of national pride far into the future.” Adam was personally called out by name during President Obama’s thank you call to the team.
In 2004, Steltzner was also among the scientists and engineers featured on the NOVA episode “MARS Dead or Alive,” which chronicled the process that ultimately delivered the rovers Spirit and Opportunity to Mars. Steltzner, who has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis, a master’s degree from the California Institute of Technology, and his doctorate from University of Wisconsin at Madison, says today’s engineers must think critically to extend their skills and influence outside their area of specific expertise.
Reflecting on how his team designed, built and flew the rover, then delivered it safely to the planet’s surface, Steltzner says, “The technical job of designing and developing these complex engineering systems is challenging and very rewarding to me. There are very few days when I don’t have a moment or two to think as hard as I possibly can. I like that.”
Not only does Brent run an incredibly successful security systems integration firm, Unlimited Technology, but he is someone everyone wants to be around.
Words used to describe Brent range from Caring, Unselfish, Generous, Highly Respected… So highly respected that he inspires everyone around him to support whatever he is doing. Support him not because he asks, but because he inspires you to just want to help, no words needed. He makes you feel like you can do anything, for those reasons people just want to be around him; Which is why Brent Franklin wins the VIP Member award.
June 7, 2013- Philadelphia, PA
Last nights Speaker Reception hosted by First Niagara was the perfect beginning to a truly inspiring 2 days with the BCA Family. John Prendergast has walked the walk and has made a significant positive impact in the Darfur region of western Sudan and eastern Chad. He has spent his life promoting peace and changing our world, relentlessly working to help people in places that hope and grace seem to have been abandoned. Today he shared with us how we as business leaders can look beyond our bottom lines and really make a difference.
We were honored that John shared his 10 Building Blocks for Making a Difference:
June 7, 2013- BCA Philadelphia officially welcomed three (3) new members to the BCA family this morning. The companies listed below represent Read the rest of this entry »
Move Alert – PCS is moving on June 8, 2013
For Immediate Release
Just wanted to take a quick moment to let everyone know that our corporate HQ is moving to Moorestown, NJ. Our new Read the rest of this entry »
The Healing Powers of Herbs and Spices
Most people think about healthy foods and beverages as their ticket to a healthy diet. But experts say the power of health and wellness goes beyond whole foods and includes herbs and spices.
Not only do herbs and spices provide flavor for very few calories, they also contain disease-fighting antioxidants. Stock your spice rack or kitchen with these five spices to help boost the health of your family meals.
We are looking for the leaders among leaders…
To help you create great, long-lasting business memories this summer…We have a Challenge for you
Perform as many ”Random Acts of Generosity” as you can this summer
What is a ”Random Act of Generosity”?
It is the Read the rest of this entry »
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SATURDAY, JUNE 1ST- DADDY DAUGHTER NIGHT
The Soul game will begin at 4:05pm and Concert immediately following – at approximately 7pm.