Rocky was employed in the exotic materials division of a major midwest steel company's research & development lab. This department was responsible for many components on the Gemini & Apollo Space mission and the mission to the moon. He was responsible for the heat treating lab, which included: vacuum atmosphere furnaces, sub-zero treatments, chemical milling and and preparation.
Rocky was a member of the Chrysler trouble shooting team that won the state and national championship in 1963 and 1964.
He was the youngest person to work at the Chrysler engineering lab, where he operated the wind tunnel.
He has been a sales manager where he sold high tech equipment to the U.S. military and to NASA. He was responsible for managing up to 6 NASA engineers at one point.
Rocky has an associates degree in automotive technology as well as formal metallurgical training.
He has owned and operated a racing engine building service for many years and built engines and developed engine combinations for Stock and Super Stock Eliminator. He has also driven and built engines for circle track cars. He has done engine building and cylinder head development for Top Alcohol Dragsters as well.
He is also a documentary film producer as well as an accomplished videographer.
Rocky's most recent accomplishment is his involvement with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space program. He is listed as astronaut #542 to go into space.