New Opportunities for EE Careers in the Aerospace Industry


We hope you are all well and healthy. The year has been a challenge but with challenge comes opportunity to succeed. We have our first event in person and streamed coming up in a week or two here in September. We have a speaker from SpaceX, Dr Poliskie, coming to discuss opportunities for electrical engineers in the aerospace industry.

This talk will explore the historical trends and new opportunities for electronics engineers in the Aerospace Industry. The Industry has gone through boom and bust cycles connected to government funding and shifting national priorities. Most recently, the singing of Space Policy Directive 1 on December 11, 2017, and the successful emergence of US commercial space flights on May 30, 2020, has renewed interest in space exploration in the US.  Based on proceedings from the International Astronautical Congress, space exploration is of global interest for a number of government agencies and private companies. This increase in international interest is creating widespread opportunities for young professions with electronic engineering skills.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 05 Sep 2020
  • Time: 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-07:00) US/Mountain
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For those attending virtually, information will be emailed out prior to the meeting.

  • 36 S Wasatch Dr
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • United States 84112
  • Building: Sorenson's Molecular Biotechnology Building
  • Room Number: 2650

  • Starts 28 August 2020 06:02 PM
  • Ends 04 September 2020 11:59 PM
  • All times are (GMT-07:00) US/Mountain
  • No Admission Charge


Dr. Michelle Poliskie


New Opportunities for Electronic Engineering Careers in the Growing Aerospace Industry


Dr. Michelle Poliskie is a Principal Engineer for Avionics Materials at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California. She has held a number of management and technical positions, over the last 15 years, for both device and material manufacturers. During her career, she has specialized in the failure analysis, design, development, scale-up and reliability testing of polymeric materials used in electronic applications. Dr. Poliskie is a former lecturer at Johns Hopkins University where she taught polymer synthesis, commercial formulations and characterization techniques. Dr. Poliskie holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Chemistry (with honors), both from Grinnell College. Her PhD is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Polymer Science. She was the recipient of a National Research Council fellowship, and authored two books: one on polymeric packaging, ISBN (1439850720): “Solar Module Packaging: Polymeric Requirements and Selection” CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2011 and another of solar module manufacturing, ISBN (0071795421): “Solar Manufacturing: Environmental Design Concepts for Solar Modules” McGraw-Hill, New York, 2013.


Doors open at 6 PM

Talk starts at 6:30 PM