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   Mark Powell
   Technical Staff
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Tujunga, California
United States Of America
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High School: East Bay High School, Gibsonton,  FL
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, University of South Florida
Masters of Science, Computer Science, University of South Florida
Ph.D. Computer Science, University of South Florida

Background Information
Mark Powell has been a member of the technical staff in the Mobility Systems Concept Development Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA since 2001. He received his B.S.C.S. in 1992, M.S.C.S in 1997, and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering in 2000 from the University of South Florida, Tampa. His dissertation work was in the area of advanced illumination modeling, color and range image processing applied to robotics and medical imaging. At JPL his area of focus is science data visualization and science planning for telerobotics. He is currently serving as a software and systems engineer, contributing to the development of science planning software for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers and the JPL Mars Technology Program Field Integrated Design and Operations (FIDO) rover task. He, his wife Nina, and daughters Gwendolyn and Jacquelyn live in Tujunga, CA.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

Supported the Athena science team's FIDO (Field Integrated Design & Operations) rover training for the Mars Exploration Rover mission. Downlink support lead, lead scientific visualization software developer on WITS (Web Interface for Telescience) for FIDO. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

Get involved in as many different types of projects and endeavors as you can, and try to avoid specializing too much in one specific area. Scientists and engineers are more effective who know a little about many other areas besides their own particular area of expertise. [more personal reflections ...]