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   Emily Eelkema
   Systems Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California
United States Of America
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High School: North St. Paul High School, North St. Paul,  MN
Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Master of Science, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Background Information
I’m originally from Minnesota. I’ve always been interested in astronomy, space, and the plants… particularly Mars (my special science report in middle school was about Mars). I moved to California after I got my bachelors degree, and have been working at JPL ever since. I loved operating the Mars Exploration Rovers, and I’ve just taken a job with the Mars Science Laboratory test team. After we land, I hope to drive that rover too.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

I’ve worked with several Mars projects, providing support for a few weeks to several months. Some projects include the Netlander proposal, the Mars Robotic Outpost Study, and a Mars Sample Return Study. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

content image for personal reflections section Hiking, Backpacking, Snowboarding, and Dancing. I also like to read, workout at the gym, and travel whenever possible. I’ve recently traveled to Tibet and Peru. Next on the list is Greece, and someday, Africa. [more personal reflections ...]