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Remarkable Careers that Began at McDonald's

Leroy Chiao, PhD

Leroy Chiao, PhD

Hired 1976

"My experiences at McDonald’s have translated into almost anything I’ve done."

Long before he became an engineer, a scientist, and an astronaut, Dr. Leroy Chiao had an analytical appreciation for the well-thought-out system for cooking and serving food at his first job at a McDonald’s in California. He went on to apply the skills he learned there and later to master three languages, earn several degrees, join NASA, and spend 229 days in space, thirty-six of which he was outside the space station. The same principles that make a successful restaurant crew apply in most any setting, he says, and certainly when flying a space mission.

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