Moore's Lobby Podcast

Ep.10 | NASA Astronaut Matthew Dominick on Critical Engineering in Aerospace Technology

Episode #10 / 48:49 / September 25, 2020 by Dave Finch

This week in the Lobby, we speak with an astronaut and electrical engineer about the importance of designing next-generation spacecraft with humans in mind.

This week in Moore's Lobby, our guest is Matthew Dominick—EE, Navy test pilot, and astronaut for NASA.

You'll hear Matthew and Dave hit on a slew of topics. What's the ultimate "double E airplane"? Why is touchscreen vs. button interface design so incredibly important in the cockpit of a fighter jet? What is WOM and why do we rely on it so much for education? And why does Matthew describe part of his job as being a "translator"?

This episode delves into the complexities of moving towards RF-enabled devices, Matthew's "weird hobby" of writing software, the role of augmented reality in the coolest of wearables (i.e., fighter pilot helmets), and the challenges facing engineers designing technologies meant to function on the surface of the moon.

Also, toasters. (No, really. There's a surprising amount of talk about toasters.)


A Big Thank You to This Episode's Sponsors




About Matthew Dominick

Matthew Dominick attained his Bachelor in Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of San Diego and his Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and has completed two years of Astronaut Candidate training. He has over 1,600 flight hours across 28 aircraft models, including the F/A-18E Super Hornet.

You can read more about Matthew on his webpage at NASA.


Matthew Dominick

Navy Test Pilot, NASA Astronaut

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    rockerman944 September 26, 2020

    This was one of the best informative tech podcasts that I have attended. The back-and-forth volley of comments between the astronaut Matthew Dominick and interviewer Dave Finch gave the feeling of a very natural, comfortable, and most importantly informative technical discussion. Superb job by both.

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  • daniel talde October 01, 2020

    Very interesting I learned a lot in this simple conversation by an interviewer to astronaut Matthew Dominick. These are my interest electricity, electronics and computer but I am already old to go with these. Listening to this kind of “talking” make me think of the progress made by human. Hope to hear more conversation like this especially about space. Thanks a lot.. God bless us on this “advancement”.

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    tomsrtk February 16, 2021

    Hi Dave, i‘ve been listening the podcast for 6 months now and I really like it. As an electronics engineer I always missed a a good podcast with “our” content and you made it happen! Thanks!

    I just agree with rockerman944 about this episode!

    Kind regards from Munich

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