Young A&D Professional: Mark Goolsbay

Aeronautical Engineer
Lockheed Martin Company
B.S., University of North Texas, Mechanical and Energy Engineering

When did you first decide to take STEM courses and/or pursue a career in engineering?

Growing up in a family of engineers, I was born with a curious mind. When I was old enough to start learning about how the world worked, I immediately asked the question “but why does the world work this way?”’ It was this strong desire to learn and fascination with aerospace that led me to pursue a career in engineering.

Who was most influential in your decision making?

My father, an aerospace engineer, had the largest impact on my decision to pursue engineering. He always shared his passion for his career with me and included me in all his projects outside of work which allowed me to experience science hands-on and always left me wanting to learn more.

What do you do in your job?

As a Skunk Works engineer, I design and execute simulations to analyze the mission effectiveness of fighter aircraft. This is to better understand how our mission tactics and engineering capabilities must adapt to maintain dominance over advancing threats.

Why do you like your job?

I like my job because what I do personally has a direct effect on how we fight using today’s aircraft and what the future of fighter aircraft will be in five, ten, even 30 years from now. Most importantly, I like my job because what I do keeps the warfighter and our country safe.

Any advice to young students wanting to pursue a career in engineering and enter the aerospace industry?

Continue to work hard, ask questions, and remember that almost every engineer has struggled at some point during school. What will get you through engineering school is a good student network to study with and that you will be rewarded with the opportunity to change the world as an engineer. Lastly, regardless of your engineering discipline, learn a basic coding language. Having this skill will make you extremely valuable in any aspect of engineering you pursue.