Steven Griffin: Rocket man

Steven Griffin, AE’07, recently told more than 1,000 kids all about rockets during the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. Griffin is a propulsion engineer with the Weapons and Energetics Department at the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, Calif. “I love talking about rockets with kids,” he says. “Whatmy mom thought was a dangerous hobby turned out to be what I really enjoy doing for a living.”

Other festival participants included Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters television series, Bill Nye the Science Guy, PayPal co-founder Elon Musk, and Mayim Bialik of The Big Bang Theory.

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