By Shannon Haaland ’17
Since August, Eric Toldi ’11 has been the director of the Young Professionals Committee at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, San Francisco chapter. This is only the latest in an impressive list of accomplishments in the short period since he graduated, with a Plan on the history of science.
“I learned to write long-form space history at Marlboro during Plan and now I’m working on my next book,” said Erik .The NASA center in our region is heavily contributing to the growth of the commercial space sector, a prime topic for a space history book.”
After Marlboro, Eric moved to Washington, D.C. to work with the senior curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, researching and writing a space history article for the Proceedings of the IEEE. He also interned at the Aerospace States Association, and worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer for the youth organization DC Scores.
After a year in D.C. Eric moved back to his home in the Bay Area and has been involved with the AIAA-SF ever since. He splits his time between AIAA, working at a movie theater, science conferences and meetings, and visiting one of the many Oakland libraries to work on his space book.
“Marlboro prepared me for this because it’s also a self-selecting community of dedicated, interested individuals, which I’ve discovered is my preferred company to keep.”