Stewart Bushman '95

Stewart Bushman '95

Bachelor of Science 1995 Hajim School of Eng & Applied Sci (Major: Mechanical Engineering)

  • An engineer at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, Bushman leads the propulsion system that has guided NASA's New Horizons mission since its launch nine years ago. Now, would the craft send data back from Pluto as it whizzed past the dwarf planet? Just after 8 p.m., information began to stream across their consoles. The thousands of scientists huddled in a nearby auditorium gave Bushman and his team a standing ovation. "At 41 years old, that's the highlight of my career," says Bushman, who lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and two sons.
  • A guidance counselor advised that he pursue mechanical engineering before specializing in aerospace engineering. So Bushman took advantage of a Bausch & Lomb scholarship and enrolled at Rochester. After graduation, Bushman earned a master's degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying electric propulsion. He worked at Lockheed Martin and with the U.S. Air Force as a research scientist. Then, the Applied Physics Laboratory, which tackles projects for the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, and other government agencies, recruited him to be the propulsion lead on a mission to Pluto.

Read more about Stewart Bushman in the Alumni Gazette