Robert “Bob” Borchardt always wanted to be an engineer for NASA and his determination paid off – first job after graduation from Old Dominion University was with Ford Aerospace at NASA Johnson Space Center working on the shuttle program. After eight years at JSC, he accepted a position with Kentron PRC at NASA Langley Research Center where he has been a contractor with various companies ever since. At Langley, Borchardt has held a variety of jobs including data acquisition engineer flight crew on the B-737 and B-75 and flight software maintenance and commanding for the SAGE III Meteor -3M and CALIPSO missions
Borchardt’s work on the SAGE-III Meteor-3M mission in the mid 1990s contributed to his legacy knowledge of the SAGE mission. That knowledge, along with experience gained from other NASA missions help him now as the SAGE III on ISS Payload Engineer. In his current role, Borchardt provides engineering support for the mission.
“I enjoy the diversity of the work. Anyone working the SAGE-III on ISS mission will need to be professionally well rounded.”
He likes his work so much that Borchardt said he hopes to avoid retiring, “at least in the classical sense,” he said.
Outside of work, Borchardt enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife of 30 years who also works at NASA. He also likes helping his two sons and their families with home improvement projects.
Borchardt is also a motorcycle enthusiast. He has enjoyed road trips and target shooting since he was a kid.