Tag Archives: NASA

June 30

Sky’s the Limit for MPA Alum

“Reach for the stars” is a figurative goal for most of us, but for Kevin Watts, a 1986 graduate of the BYU Masters of Public Administration program, it is an everyday reality. Watts, originally from Salt Lake City, has worked at NASA for thirty years. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree […]

April 02

Mazel Tov and Military Secrets

Playing the part of butcher  in Fiddler on the Roof came naturally to 1983 MPA alum Chris Miasnik: his last name is made up of the Russian occupational suffix and the word for meat. But there were a few other factors involved in landing the role of rejected suitor in the Bluffdale Arts Council production. […]

February 25

Alum Michelle Curtis: How to Get a Job at NASA

For the record, locking up a position at NASA’s Johnson Space Center isn’t easy. It took 2009 MPA graduate Michelle Curtis two phone calls and six in-person interviews to secure her job as a policy analyst, and that doesn’t take into account the lengthy online application process. Landing a desk came down to a combination of […]

February 17

Editor’s Notes: Inside the Winter 2015 Issue

This year marks a huge milestone for the Marriott School. For fifty years the BYU MPA program has prepared graduates—nearly 3,500 of them—to be a force for good around the world. Later, the program’s mission expanded to include nonprofit work when the family of George W. Romney shared his name—and focus on volunteerism—with the department. […]

January 19

Tonya Johnson: Taking Stock of NASA

They might have a firm understanding of jet propulsion, but even rocket scientists need auditors. Enter Tonya Johnson, who interned with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) this summer. She audited NASA’s large systems projects, getting familiar with human space travel as she analyzed project budgets and timelines. “It was cool that as grad student intern […]

February 28

Marriott School Winter News Roundup

It’s midterm season and time to review what’s happened at the Marriott School since 1 January. Here’s a look at the biggest news of 2014—so far. School News Marriott School Appoints New MBA Director: The Marriott School appointed John Bingham, an associate professor of organizational leadership and strategy, as the new director of the MBA […]