Interview with Mr. Paulo Younse : Robotics Engineer, à NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL)
By Maryam Habba : Elève ingénieur Génie électrique à EHTP
1. where were you born and where did you spend your childhood ?
I was born in California. I spent most of my childhood in California, and a few years living in Lagos, Nigeria.
2. Since primary school, school subjects help us to learn more and understand about our world, what were your favorite school subjects ?
My favorite subjects in school were science and math. However, I also did my best to do well and learn from all my classes!
3. What were your favorite entertainment activities when you were a child ?
I played soccer and basketball as a kid. I also enjoyed running and drawing.
4. Why learning other languages may be so much important for one’s career ?
Learning other languages helps you communicate and collaborate with many people around the world, as well as gather new knowledge and ways of thinking.
5. When you were a child, did you travel to other countries? Does living with other people from other cultures help you improve your own personality?
When I was in 5th and 6th grade, my family lived in Africa. I traveled a lot in Africa and Europe. This helped me understand more about the world and different cultures, and help me grow up more open to difference ways of looking at things and dealing with and accepting all people.
6. Each child has a dream, what was yours and what did you want to be when you grow up ?
When I was a child, I wanted to hunt for dinosaurs! Then in high school, I got interested in astronomy and wanted to be a scientist.
7. Why did you choose to be a mechanical engineer ?
I wanted to design and build things you could touch. Mechanical engineering is also a very versatile field.
8. For the time being, you are an expert on robotic technologies at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in NASA at Pasadena in California. What kind of robots you have made for future missions of NASA to space?
I've mostly worked on robots for future Mars exploration missions.
9. "Curiosity" is one of your recent projects, Is it another special mission to planet Mars?
In 2020 we plan to send another rover to Mars. It's objectives are still being decided.
10. What do you most like and find special with your current job ?
I like the challenges involved with engineering robots or space exploration, and the science we are helping discover.
11. Why did you choose to work in Jet Propulsion Laboratory in NASA? How does it feel as a newcomer to JPL, which is an institution with long and respected history?
I chose to work here because of the projects the lab works on. It's inspiring to work with so many intelligent people.
12. Have you ever shared your experiences in engineering with other people ?
I visit schools regularly to talk about space exploration and robotics.
13. What do you like to do in your free time ?
In my free time I like to salsa dance, run, and scuba dive.
14.“ Life is either a daring adventure or nothing “. Do you share? Do you have other quotes to share with us? What are your expectations from life ?
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. I don't expect anything from life, I go out and search for what I desire.
15. Being involved in robotics requires you to have a huge amount of knowledge. Is it a matter of intellectual capacities ? Is it restraint to only a few people ?
Everybody has the ability to get involved in robotics if they work to learn and knowledge and skills needed.
16. How do you spend your daily life ?
I typically work at my desk designed robots on computer programs, and then test them in our lab.
17. You are a member of GROVE OF HOPE as well, what are your missions within this newly born association?
Our mission is to share science, technology, and innovation with people around the world an hope to do similar things as Morocco in other counties.
18. We hope you enjoyed visiting Morocco. What is the most special thing you have noticed while being here ?
I got to learn how friendly the people are,
How delicious the food is, and how beautiful the country is!
19. Do you have any advices for students reading this interview, who may be interested in mechanical engineering ?
The most important thing is to do well in school, work well with people, continue to get as much education as you can, and never stop pursuing your dreams no matter how challenging it seems!
A last word !
Wherever you are in your life, be the best person you can be both for yourself and for other people. Life isn't just about your job, but what kind of person you are and how you contribute to the world.