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   Alice Jerahian
   Payload Operations and Flight System Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California
United States Of America
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High School: New English School, Kuwait City, Kuwait, 
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science and Advanced Systems Analysis, London University, London, England

Background Information
Alice was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and raised in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Following the completion of her education from London University in England, Alice and her family moved to Los Angeles, California, where she has lived for over 20 years.

Not so satisfied in working in the commercial industry and inspiring to do more, Alice first joined JPL in 1988 as a System Test Engineer on the Real-Time Weather Processor (RWP) at the Foothill Facility. From then on, her career took a different turn into the world of aerospace engineering and planetary exploration, which she has come to love most. In the 16+ years worked at JPL, she has had many diverse opportunities. Her tasks have ranged from system test engineering on Mars Observer Project, to technical writing on Craf/Cassini, Galileo, and Voyager Projects, to flight systems engineering on Cassini and MER, and to Payload Operations on Mars Odyssey.

During her years at JPL, Alice has also worked on several JPL proposals which resulted in NASA selections. In addition, Alice also volunteers in the NASA Student Involvement Program as a panel Judge to evaluate and provide feedback on K-12 student competition entries to encourage student success in science, engineering, and technology.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

I have been working as the Payload System Engineer on the Mars Odyssey mission since 2001 to help ensure the health and safety of the science instruments onboard the spacecraft. At the same time, I led the effort to develop the Launch, Cruise, and Surface Operations Flight Rules on the Mars Exploration Rovers 2003. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

Follow your interest and make sure you end up enjoying what you do. It is the essential key to success. But, nothing comes without hard work. As the saying goes, “No pain, no gain.”. Personally, I love what I do, and never get tired of it! I believe it is a blessing to have the opportunity to work in such an environment as JPL and will always find means to grow and nurture from it. [more personal reflections ...]