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Q: What do Mt. Kilimanjaro, Spacex, Virgin Orbit, and Chano’s have to do with one another?

A: Scott Macklin and this great podcast episode

In this episode, Paul and Maya interview Viterbi alum Scott Macklin (AE ’11, M.S. ‘13). They speak about Scott’s time at companies focused on space like SpaceX and Virgin Orbit, climbing Kilimanjaro, and the lessons he’s learned from failing. Scott’s in-depth explanations of the space industry and its progress make this podcast a unique crash course for listeners.

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Paul Ledesma

As Executive Director, Paul oversees Undergraduate Admission for all programs at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He was born and raised in southern California and is a lifetime Dodgers fan. He enjoys traveling (Italy may be a second home), discovering new restaurants in LA (tacos anyone?), and while he may not qualify as a bonafide movie-buff, he loves movies (especially comic book movies). He studied Psychology for his bachelor's degree, minored in Public Management, and was active in leadership for community service groups Troy Camp and Dance Marathon while attending USC. When he's not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and rescued pup and kitty in Redondo Beach, CA. (well, maybe not the cat so much) Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his