Leaving NASA

“This has all been wonderful, but now I’m on my way…” – Phish

Has it really been six years that I’ve been working at NASA Ames Research Center? Wow. That’s a long time to be doing anything. If I think about the things I’ve been doing for six years or more, the list gets short real quick after breathing and eating.

Let’s see. I started at Ames in August, 2001…

  • I had just started dating Keturah (who is now my wife)
  • I was sharing an apartment with Chris (who is now my brother-in-law) in the South Beach section of San Francisco.
  • I had never been to Europe
  • The Red Sox still hadn’t won a world series since 1918
  • I came to Ames as an accomplished web programmer who knew his way around code, web servers, and Adobe Photoshop.

And, of course, that was the pre 9/11 world

Fast forward to October 2007…

  • Keturah and I have a 14 month old son(!)
  • We live in a house in Half Moon Bay
  • I’m about to take my third trip to Europe
  • The Red Sox actually won a world series in 2004
  • My interests with the web have grown from a web production guy into a web strategist focused on helping people use the web for communicating and sharing knowledge

My years with NASA have provided me a wealth of learning opportunities and professional growth. For that, I am most grateful. There’s a ton of people I’ve enjoyed working with and getting to know personally. I’m leaving knowing that there are some excellent (& positively disruptive) people in place to stir the drink. Quite honestly, there’s plenty of shaking and stirring left to do. I wish them all the best.

So what’s next for me?

I’ve accepted the position of Senior Web Technologist at Stanford University. I will be helping Stanford utilize the web to achieve its mission of “to teach the world” with a particular focus on Stanford’s relationships with their alumni. For the record, I wasn’t actually in the midst of a job search when Stanford gave me a call one afternoon. And I didn’t even read the job description until after my third meeting with them. But it wasn’t until I made the decision to move on that I realized just how much I need a change of scenery. Six years at NASA has worn me out in some ways and my enthusiasm and energy levels were reaching some low points. For me, it’s definitely time to for a new scene and new challenges.


4 responses to “Leaving NASA”

  1. Congratulations J.J. it’s exciting to think about what the future will hold for you. You’re one smart cookie and seem like a heck of a guy – good luck and keep in touch.

  2. Hey Have a good one! We will miss you all very much and I know you will succeed everything you put your hands to.

    Sorry couldn’t make it today for the luncheon.


  3. Robbie Schingler Avatar
    Robbie Schingler

    Congratulations, man. I am sure that we will contintue to work together through the years, as it is such a small community.

    Please come to SuperHappyDevHouse this weekend at my house!


  4. Julie Fletcher Avatar
    Julie Fletcher

    Working for you has been the most interesting work experience I’ve ever had 🙂 Estelle asked us to write a haiku or limerick for you on her blog so here’s mine.

    Ames Blog Spotlight causes excitement
    NASA realities turn innovative ideas into disappointment
    Future brighter with new commitment

    I have your mouse so I know I’ll see you soon. Best of luck!!
    – Julie

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