NASA Ames Research Center
Who I Am and What I Do
I am Leonard Hee and I work in the System Safety
and Mission Assurance (S&MA) Organization at NASA.
- As the LCROSS S&MA Manager, I’m responsible
for the project meeting all NASA safety, space hardware workmanship,
and mission requirements. I participate in all phases of the project
from design and specifications to acceptance testing and launch.
I provide an independent oversight that checks the project process
is valid and verifiable to NASA requirements. I tailor some requirements
to the mission and project requirements. I approve test plans, witness
testing and participate in design and test reviews. I document safety
and hardware issues and all actions taken to resolve them.
- I am the Electro-Static Discharge and solder instructor for Ames.
I represent Ames on the NASA Workmanship Group for NASA Standards.
- Electronics Engineer in designing flight and space electronics, fabricating,
testing and troubleshooting
- Safety Engineer in verifying Ames facilities and medical hardware
to meet electrical and medical safety standards
- Resident expert for space hardware workmanship
What I like about my job
- Using all your skills to meet the challenging projects that have
never been done before
- Thinking out of the box and adapting to complete task
- The feeling of accomplishment and pride when your work is successful
- Building and testing hardware is a major part of NASA projects, but
the payoff is getting good data for science and engineering analysis
What I don't like about my job
- The problem is having to wait months or years to find out if your
project was successful.
- You have to be able to wear many hats at the same time and be able
What helped prepare me for this job
When I was 12 yrs. old, I built a crystal radio set. I was really interested
in how it worked. What started as a hobby turned into a goal. As I grew
up I took sheet metal shop, machine shop, wood working, and welding classes.
The hands on experience prepares you to get organized for what is needed
before you start your project. You plan what tools and materials you
need. By doing work in different areas, you can find what you like and
dislike doing. This will help guide you in choosing your career.
- At NASA Ames Research Center
- S&MA Manager for LCROSS (present)
- Avionic Mission Assurance Engineer for Kepler Project
- Mission Assurance Manager for Space Station Biological Research
- Electronic Engineer for Space Shuttle Flight Deck Avionic Upgrades
and Integrated Vehicle Health Management Systems (for new space and
- Branch Chief for flight instrumentation engineering
- Lead Flight Instrumentation Systems Engineer for XV-14 Tilt Rotor,
SH-3A and UH-60s Blackhawk rotorcraft, and DHC-6 Twin Otter, Cessna
and Learjet research aircraft
- Manager for B-727 Man Vehicle Systems Flight Simulator
- Electronic Engineer for 40X80 and 80X120 wind tunnels
- Electronics Engineer for Vertical Motion Simulator Facility
- Electronic Engineer for NASA Flight Research Center-designing advanced
digital flight data acquisition systems for research aircraft and X-planes
- Computer field engineer for IBM-troubleshooting and installing upgrades
to mainframe computer systems
My education and training
- Commissioned in the U.S.Army as an Ordnance Officer
- Cal Poly as an Electronic Engineer (BSEE)
- City College of San Francisco as an Electronic
Engineering Technician (AA)