Keeping science ‘Cool’ for younger generations

Mouser Electronics, the global authorised distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, has partnered with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara to reveal a new Innovation Spotlight interview in the Space Exploration Series and Empowering Innovation Together program. This time, Grant taps into the mind of Bobak Ferdowsi, an MSL Systems Engineer who helped popularise the Mars rover mission with young people and modernise the public’s perception of NASA scientists and engineers. He became a media sensation known as the “Mohawk guy”.

For this interview, Grant transports himself from the set of Star Trek Continues to his personal workshop to continue the Innovation Spotlight on space exploration to meet up with his friend and one of the most highly-recognised system engineers, Bobak Ferdowsi. Bobak discusses his views and passions for Mars, colonising another planet and the moon, along with the risks and technology needed to make it happen.

In this new Innovation Spotlight interview with Bobak Ferdowsi, available only at, discover with Grant how Bobak became a real life rocket scientist and learn about his legendary work on the Cassini–Huygens and Curiosity missions. His passions, views, and experience make him an inspiration for both current and future engineers.

“Bobak is a great role model that younger generations can relate to,” said Grant Imahara. “His refreshing and cool perspective on science, space exploration and technology is what this country needs to keep future innovation moving and young people interested. This more hip perception of science and engineering will hopefully turn more young people toward those technology fields of study.”

This new interview is featured under the Innovation Spotlight, which is part of the Empowering Innovation Together campaign’s new Space Exploration Series and Space Challenge. Hear more from Bobak Ferdowski in a video interview Grant conducted with him and four other influential leaders in space exploration.

The Empowering Innovation Together Space Exploration Series and Challenge is sponsored by Platinum Program Partner Microsemi and Diamond Sponsors Vishay Intertechnology and Phoenix Contact.

The new Empowering Innovation Space Challenge, accessible through Mouser’s website, marks a historic event in space travel as the first commercial lunar landing. To prove their genius, entrants must submit an online photo and answer in 100 words or less what technology they believe best represents the world today.

The engineering community will share their idea online and receive votes for which idea and photo should travel aboard Astrobotic’s Griffin Lander to the Moon. Grant Imahara will review the top six in votes and select two lucky winners. The Space Challenge runs from April until June 2015. To learn more about the Space Challenge, go to Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Challenge website.


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