photo of Trent Martin

Job Title

Vice President of Aerospace Services

Employer

Intuitive Machines

Location

Houston, TX

Why did you decide to pursue an aerospace engineering degree?

I became interested in space in 4th grade. Every decision I made from that point on was to work in the space industry.

Please include a brief paragraph describing your current position.

Currently I manage our work on the Nova-C lander. We are currently building this moon lander and will be taking 5 NASA payloads and 2 commercial payloads to the surface of the moon in July 2021.

What do you like most about your job? What do you find most challenging?

In this job, I get to launch a moon lander that will land payloads on the surface of the moon. This is exactly what I had in mind when I was a kid dreaming about working in the space program.

Challenges - I have to build a lander that can land on the moon in 2 years.

What are your career goals?

My goal is to help take a small new-space company and turn it into a large new-space company exploring the cis-lunar marketplace.

What student project/organizations were you involved with and how did these groups help prepare you for your career?

AIAA

Who was your most influential ASE or EM professor and why?

Dr. Bishop and Dr. Fowler - both of these professors had a way of teaching that inspired me to learn more.

List three things that most people don't know about you.

I have made over 140 international trips in the last 20 years. Work is my hobby - simply because I enjoy what I do.