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   Chris Potts
   MER Deputy Navigation Team Chief
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
La Canada, California
United States Of America
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High School: Oswego High School, Oswego,  IL
Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois
Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California

Background Information
My mother was a grade school teacher, and my father taught high school Chemistry and Physics. Consequently, education was always a priority in my family. As a senior in high school, I was searching for a direction of study when my father invited Neil Mottinger, a former student and JPL employee, to speak to our class. Neil impressed us all with fascinating mission descriptions and amazing space exploration images. Basically, I walked out of that class with my sights set on JPL. That decision has provided me with the opportunity to explore Uranus, Neptune, Venus, Earth, asteroids Gaspra and Ida, Jupiter, Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, and soon Mars.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

MER Deputy Navigation Team Chief and Maneuver Analyst [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

Find ways to experience the different fields of study that interest you to help determine what you really enjoy. Talk with your teachers about your interests. Most teachers are excited to help guide you toward an area that satisfies your passion for learning. [more personal reflections ...]