The Rickety Rocket by James Titmas

During a “show and tell” presentation by one of their classmates, two children hear about a trip to a space camp. They learn about budgets and how to manage with what they have. There is a teaching on the merits of forgiveness and how to accept forgiveness and learn humility when they make a mistake. They learn that if they want to buy something, they need to earn the money. Working with their extended families, they gain insights about rocket building and rocket science from their parents and grandparents. They learn about preparing a fabrication design drawing, a plan. The children and their families create their own space camp. They are made aware they can try and learn by doing. They learn about setting goals and setting objectives step-by-step.

James A. Titmas, P.E., holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Akron in Ohio. He is a recipient of the coveted “Distinguished Alumni Award” from the Akron University’s College of Engineering alumni. He began work as an engineer in training in November of 1957. After serving over three years as an airborne ranger officer in the Corps of Engineers, his career in consulting engineering started in electric power generation, electric rate analysis, thermal and chemical mass balance, coal-steam power generation, fossil fuel emissions control, starved air combustion (gasification), innovative engineering design operational troubleshooting, monitor -control methods, and bond financing. He has had lead responsibility in over eight hundred projects, spanning twenty-four States, and nineteen foreign countries. Projects included structural design standards, soils science, wastewater treatment, public water supply, road and railway design, airport design, research & development of advanced wastewater treatment, municipal solid waste ultimate disposal, foundations, commercial and industrial site design, subdivision design, City planning, public water supply and distribution, bridge design, paving, storm drainage, flood plain and wetlands analysis, building code section authorship, software authorship, seminar chairmanships, expert witness services, insurance claims analysis, and electrical engineering projects. In 1996 he co-authored papers for the volume reduction of organic debris from low level mixed radioactive wastes and chemical-biological weapons demilitarization. He has authored twenty-six US method and/or apparatus patents. Patents include the recovery of acids and toxic metals from coal combustion emissions, supercritical wet oxidation, as well as conversion of municipal-commercial-industrial wastes to bio-fuels, food proteins, and biodegradable plastics. James is also a recipient of the Ohio Historical Society William H. and Benjamin Harrison Award for An Ohio Related Family History.

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