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   Sharon Laubach
   Team Chief, Integrated Sequencing Team
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Altadena, California
United States Of America
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High School: Glenbrook North, and Tabb, Northbrook IL, and Tabb VA, 
B.A. Physics, University of Virginia
M.A. Mathematics and MSEE, University of Virginia (Math) and California Institute of Technology (EE)
Ph.D. Robotics, California Institute of Technology

Background Information
I grew up in a suburb of Chicago, IL (Northbrook). Partway through high school, my family moved to Tidewater, Virginia where I snagged my first high school job in "interior design" for a nuclear submarine at Newport News Shipbuilding. After high school, I worked summers at the new Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (now called the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility) and worked the rest of the year towards both my BA in physics and my MA in math at the University of Virginia. For graduate school, I came out to Pasadena, California to attend Caltech in hopes of working someday on a Mars Rover mission. I got my wishtwice so far! During my doctoral thesis work (on robotic path planning), I was a member of the Sojourner rover surface operations team for the Mars Pathfinder missionbecoming one of the first group of "rover drivers" on Mars! After earning my Ph.D. from Caltech, I joined Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and worked on the surface operations team for the ill-fated Mars Polar Lander, and the operations readiness team for Mars Odyssey. Finally, I joined the Mars Exploration Rover team, where once again I got my wish to work with Mars Rovers!

Contributions to Mars Exploration

My trek towards working on Mars Exploration began in college when I decided I wanted to work on Mars Rover missions. I chose my graduate school (Caltech) partially based on its connections to Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the hopes of increasing my chances to work on Mars Rover missions. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

Decide what it is that you would like to do, then be persistent! Work towards your goals--choose paths which take you closer to your goals--and don't give up. [more personal reflections ...]