Geoff Howard

Technical Manager, DEWALT Engineering

Meghan:

Tell us a bit about the featured project – the Redstone Rocket

Geoff:

Our team is attempting to reclaim the title “World’s Largest Scale Model Rocket.” Since 2009 the World Record belonged to Steve Eves who flew a 1/10 scale Saturn V from Maryland Delaware Rocketry Association’s launch site in Price, Maryland. In March of 2105 an Australian team took the record by flying a full scale V2 rocket. The situation is totally unacceptable! That’s why we are building a ¾ scale Mercury Redstone rocket. It will be 5 feet in diameter and 64 feet tall. We are planning a 1km altitude flight in April 2018. This project demonstrates what Stanley Black & Decker teams can achieve when given goals with purpose. Six of us can make a world record rocket out of 60 sheets of plywood and some fiberglass panels. There are no limits – here we can achieve anything!


Meghan:

What is your role at Stanley Black and Decker? Tell us a little about what a “day in the life” of you is like.

Geoff:

My role is electronics engineering of cordless expansion products. I am part of a team that designs, develops and commercializes new applications for our battery systems. I am lucky to say that there is no typical day – change is the thing. A good day is all about ideas that solve problems; the quirky people that seem always to possess good ideas and the work of making ideas real.

 

Meghan:

What do you love about the Makerspace?

Geoff:

Using tools I don’t own or could otherwise never access!

 

Meghan:

What classes have you taken and/or which do you plan to take? Have you taught any classes?

Geoff:

I have taken the Shopbot Basics Class with Karl Palm. I think my rocket team holds the title of most linear feet cut with a Shopbot! I would like to do more metal turning. I have not yet taught a class.

 

Meghan:

What kind of projects do you like to work on and what materials do you like to work with?

Geoff:

I like pushing materials right up to their limits. Easy to build a bridge, difficult to build a bridge that stands just barely. I think that is the appeal of rocketry – right on the edge!

 

Meghan:

What is your favorite type of music to work to?

Geoff:

Mellow R&B. Lately it’s been Erykah Badu.

 

Meghan:

Tell us one fun fact about yourself!

Geoff:

I won a pair of airplane tickets to fly anywhere in the USA at a Maryland Terps basketball game. My name, among others, was drawn at halftime to make a paper airplane. The airplane that flew the furthest won the plane tickets. I asked how many times I could fold the paper. The guy from US Airways said as many times as you want. So, I wadded my sheet into a ball and chucked it way past half court!