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Outspoken with Shana Cosgrove - Shana Cosgrove EPISODE 9, 11th May 2021
At The Table : Space Systems, Women in Engineering, and Habits
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At The Table : Space Systems, Women in Engineering, and Habits

In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Chris Petty, Senior Manager at BLUE ORIGIN. Chris talks about her love for systems engineering and her experiences in the field as a biracial female. She also goes into her working with astronauts, her passion for space systems, and her newfound excitement of managing people. 


  • "You know, I’ve just naturally been interested in engineering. I’ve always been kind of an engineering nerd, science and math nerd, STEM." - Chris Petty [12:48]
  • "In this modern day and age, we’re working on incredibly complex systems and trying to deliver them on timelines that are ridiculously short. That’s just the speed of business today. You know, the speed of financing those programs. And so, trust becomes a major factor in how fast you can actually execute." - Chris Petty [42:19]
  • “Look at yourself and are you really listening to people or are you just waiting for the chance so you can talk? You know, you’re never going to have trust with somebody unless they can trust that you’re listening to them.” -Chris Petty [43:58]


  • [00:04] Intro
  • [01:02] Meet Christina 
  • [03:00] Sierra Nevada
  • [04:47] Contracts
  • [06:42] Systems Engineering
  • [08:18] BLUE ORIGIN and Managing
  • [11:21] Growing Up
  • [13:20] Working With Astronauts
  • [14:22] Habits and Moving
  • [16:05] Nyla Technology Solutions
  • [16:40] High School
  • [19:29] Internship at Orbital
  • [21:18] College
  • [26:08] First Job After College
  • [28:26] Northrop Grumman
  • [34:28] Career Experience as a Biracial Female
  • [40:19] Wrap-Up Questions
  • [47:06] Outro



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