|On July 4, 1997 the entire world
watched as the Mars Pathfinder and the Sojourner Rover successfully landed on Mars.
Two months later the Mars Global Surveyor successfully went into orbit around the
red planet. Not only were these events two of the U.S. space program's greatest successes,
but they may well provide the world with some of the most important scientific data
of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Donna Shirley was the manager of the Mars Exploration Program and the original leader of the team that built the Sojourner Rover. Donna, who retired from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in August 1998, has written a new autobiography, published by Broadway Books in June 1998, called "Managing Martians: The Extraordinary Story of a Woman's Lifelong Quest to Get to Mars -- and of the Team Behind the Space Robot That Has Captured the Imagination of the World". It's the story of her life from her childhood in Wynnewood, Oklahoma to managing the Mars Exploration Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the Pathfinder and Sojourner Rover teams which carried out the Mars landing on July 4, 1997, and tells of the ongoing saga of the Mars Global Surveyor currently orbiting and imaging the red planet. The story of the journey of a girl from a small town who becomes first a pilot, then an engineer, then a member and finally a leader of teams exploring the solar system will keep you turning pages. Look for it in bookstores or click on the Amazon.com logo below.
Donna has also written an online book, "Managing Creativity: A Practical Guide to Inventing, Developing and Producing Innovative Products" In this book Donna shares her strategies for using the collective creativity of groups to develop ideas and efficiently and effectively turn them into real products. In covering such topics as, Using Creative Models, Building and Using Creative Teams, Creative Communication, Creative Planning, Creating Within Constraints, and Unleashing Your Own Creativity, Donna provides an invaluable tool for managers who want to get the most out of their teams.
Managing Creativity: A Practical Guide to Inventing, Developing and Producing Innovative Products is available now as an electronic book.
In addition to the book, the following Managing Creativity Services are also available:
Links to other Pages:
University of Oklahoma
Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts
The KISS Institute of Practical Robotics
Academy of Achievement