Role Model: Brett VanDyke

 

Well, my major in college: I graduated with a bachelor of science in computer information systems. A lot of people here at NASA have degrees in computer science. A lot of them have computer engineering degrees. There’s a wide range. Most of all your core classes are the same. Your computer classes are all the same. You have the basic math classes are the same. My degree focused more on the business side than the high-end technical math. I still had a lot of math. And, I think preparing for the job, of course, your computer classes help you. Math helped for problem solving. And for my degree, the business classes helped me understand why we make decisions the way we do. Because NASA is a business also. And, it’s, a lot of things are ran like a business. So, understanding how it works actually solves a lot of the problems

I like the diversity. One day I may work on, like I said, a very mundane, basic database. The next day, I can be building a, a Website. Another day I’ll be building a multimedia application. It keeps things jumping around. I get to talk to different people all the time. I meet new people. I don’t work with one group, you know, over and over again. I don’t sit in my cubicle day in, day out and write code like a lot of people have the idea that a programmer, system analyst does. I’m out meeting, talking to the people. And, I learn new technologies. We, we try to develop with new tools. We don’t do the same things over and over again. It’s just a diverse environment. And, I think that is one of the biggest likes that I have of it, and always have had!
General advice is: You have to learn the theory when you’re in school. If you want to study computers, computer science, computer information, you have to know computers. You have to understand the theory behind it. You learn a lot when you get to the job, but you really need to know the basics before you get here. I would say, in school: Make sure you take math. Make sure you take some science and engineering. I would definitely say: Take some business classes. And, one thing a lot of people overlook is: Take communication classes. A lot of people in my field don’t know how to effectively communicate with the people around them and to the people they have to go talk to. And, it’s a skill, it’s a very good skill to have. And, it makes your life a whole lot easier. And then, my final advice would be: Have fun. Do a job that you like doing. If you don’t like doing it, you need to, you know, I wouldn’t even start.

Brett VanDyke

Brett VanDyke

TitleSystems Analyst Computer Systems Analyst
Interests
  • Studying computers
Skill
  • Strategic planning
  • Soft system analyst
  • Multimedia applications
EducationB.S. in Computer Information Systems