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Steven Gonzalez | November 4, 2011

Published on November 2, 2011

Steven Gonzalez, NASA executive on loan at the Houston Technology Center, stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss helping turn NASA engineers into entrepreneurs.

On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on turning engineers into entrepreneurs with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.

Since its inception in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has pioneered innovation in aerospace and scientific research, but with its Space Shuttle program ending in 2011, those who led shuttle missions have been faced with uncertain futures.

NASA employees should approach that uncertainty as opportunity, says Steven Gonzalez, NASA executive on loan at the Houston Technology Center. Gonzalez recently visited Bauer Business Focus to discuss how HTC  is helping turn NASA engineers into entrepreneurs.

“What we’re trying to do is to see whether or not our engineers can be entrepreneurs, and that transition is not for everyone,” he says. “We’ve found that in order to make our engineers entrepreneurs, you have to make a connection between the engineers and the entrepreneurs at the Houston Technology Center to see if there is a match and to see what great new ideas they can come up with.”

With NASA engineers branching out into their own business ventures, Gonzalez says he is “hoping that the entrepreneur’s technology and capabilities will have funding from other avenues that will help buy down the risk for NASA.”

“These individuals that become successful will help to focus NASA’s resources on other technology and capability and overall everyone will greatly benefit from their technologies and companies.”

Click here to hear the full interview.

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