Meet Charlie Waterhouse
Senior in Purdue Aerospace Engineering, Intramural Sports Head Supervisor & Head Soccer Official
On his experiences working at the CoRec:
"By working at the CoRec, I've learned: To lead by teaching others. I have been head soccer official and am currently a head supervisor. I have been responsible for training soccer officials and helping them grow and develop their skill sets. I now assist with program management, staff development, leadership and office administration."
"My favorite memory was winning the outdoor soccer championships with a team of officials. Another memory I have is getting home after a head supervisor shift and realizing I still had the CoRec’s walkie talkie still clipped on my pants."
LAUNCHING IN 2018: Space Clutter Project....This semester, Charlie is leading a team of student engineers as the student project manager for the Aerodynamic Deorbit Experiment (ADE) which has been selected to go into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance rocket in 2018. This experiment seeks to demonstrate how technology can reduce “space clutter,” a collection of debris and defunct satellites which are accumulating in orbit around the Earth and is a serious concern for future space exploration.
LIFE AFTER PURDUE: Charlie is a licensed pilot, but when asked if he wants to be a pilot after graduating he said, “I think it’s good to have the knowledge of flying, but I don’t want to be a pilot. I want to be an aircraft engineer. The comparison I always make is it’s like a chef developing cooking tools. If you are a chef, then you’ll know exactly what kind of tools a chef would want in their kitchen. Likewise, if you’re a pilot, you’ll have a better idea of what a pilot would want in an aircraft. So, a pilot’s license gives me the perspective and insight of a pilot, which will help me as an engineer designing aircraft.”