Lee Feinberg '87

Lee Feinberg '87

Bachelor of Science S 1987 Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (Major: Optics)

  • From UR to NASA:
    • Feinberg is the optical telescope element manager for the James Webb Space Telescope project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Getting there wasn't a straight path, however. When Feinberg left the UR with a bachelor's degree in optics, he didn't have a job lined up, and wasn't particularly worried about it, either. This was during the Reagan Administration's Space Defense Initiative, based on shooting down enemy missiles with lasers. Optical grads were in big demand. Feinberg, however, took the summer off to visit Europe and regroup. "It was probably the best thing I ever did, I was so burned out from college," he told students as guest speaker for the 2013 Hajim School Senior Design Day.
  • Hubble fiasco gave him a chance to use his skills:
    • Coming on the heels of the Challenger space disaster - a day that Feinberg vividly remembers from his student days - the Hubble fiasco put NASA on the spot. It desperately needed optical engineers to help rectify the problem. Feinberg finally was doing what he was trained to do, as one of the youngest members on the Hubble team.

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