Rocket Engineer Eric Jacob with Gloyer-Taylor Laboratories in
Tennessee spoke to students at Oconomowoc High School on Friday
about his career, the state of space travel and how his time at OHS
Jacob graduated from OHS in the 1990s. He was a member of one of the
first robotics teams in the country and is currently an engineer at
a private rocket engineering firm.
“The idea of a rocket is easy,” Jacob said. “Now if someone who
knows how rockets work tells you they understand rocket science
As for the future of space, Jacob doesn’t want to make any
predictions, but he said space mining and possibly commercial space
flight both aren’t out of the possibilities.
Jacob stressed to the students on hand the importance of math when
starting a career in engineering of any sort. He added problems with
math can make or break a future engineer.
“People sometimes ask questions like what am I going to use this
for?” Jacob said. “But to me, someone in the field, that’s a crazy
question because I’m like what do you mean? What isn’t it useful
for? It’s useful for everything. You use it everywhere.”
Jacob said he frequently tells people how “awesome” his time was at
“I tell people that I had four years of electronics in high school,
and they’re like ‘what?’” Jacob said. “I also took drafting and
other things as well. I think it helped me a tremendous amount.”