SMU Lyle alum takes on leadership role at Amazon’s space initiative, Project Kuiper
SMU Lyle alumnus Noah Bartos (’18) takes tremendous pride in his role as a project lead in the growing field of space technology at one of the world’s largest companies.
Noah works in Redmond, Washington, as the technical program manager for Project Kuiper, a satellite broadband network in development at Amazon. He works on spacecraft propulsion in this role, which blends computer science with his degree work in mechanical engineering.
“Being able to actually know how to do jobs and have those soft skills like communication, project organization, and project management are starting to become more important now that I’m a few years in,” Noah said. “I was really fortunate to have an awesome start to my career, and I’m really grateful for everything SMU Lyle was able to offer to give me that launchpad.”
Noah credits the knowledge and expertise he cultivated at SMU Lyle with informing his work.
“The technical program manager role was an awesome thing to find after my initial designer role,” Noah said. “I'm really happy with the role; it gives me a good foundation to make that determination in a few years whether I want to go down the people manager route, stay in program management, or maybe go more of an executive track.”
Noah’s passion for engineering took root in high school robotics competitions, where he learned design and build skills that translated well to SMU Lyle, where he majored in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics before entering the master’s program in Systems Engineering.
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Dr. Paul Krueger, chair of SMU Lyle’s Mechanical Engineering Department, served as the advisor for Noah’s senior design group, which built the rocket.
“Noah began his project management experience with his work on the rocketry project,” Dr. Krueger said. “He helped organize and inspire the team, and managed the various components of the project to ensure they produced a viable rocket by the end of the year.”
During his time at SMU, Noah participated in multiple internships with top international companies like Boeing and PepsiCo. Upon graduation, he moved to Denver, Colorado, to become a full-time mechanical and propulsion designer at United Launch Alliance. He took a side volunteer role as a mentor and coach for a local high school’s competitive rocketry team, challenging students as he had been challenged at SMU Lyle.
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