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   Troy Hudson
   Staff Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California
United States Of America
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High School: Kingwood High School, Kingwood,  TX
B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering; B.S. in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Scinece, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Doctor of Philosophy in Geology and Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology

Background Information
I was born and raised in Houston, TX. I was inspired by space and space exploration at an early age and never lost the thrill of it. I was active in music as well as science and academic extracurricular activities during high school. I attended Space Camp three times during high school years. I cemented my desire to be an astronaut. Continued musical involvement (bassoon) throughout college. I moved to California for a 1-year tenure at the NASA Ames Research Center before starting graduate work at Caltech. Performed some of my graduate research at JPL and became familiar with the lab and some of its personnel. I started working at JPL in May, 2008, approximately 6 days after defending my graduate thesis.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

content image for contributions section PHOENIX MARS LANDER: I had worked with a prototype of the TECP (Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe) instrument during my early graduate career and was familiar with both this particular device and the techniques it was using to make its measurements. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

Be prepared to seek out and/or accept unusual opportunities which present themselves. Very little of my career (educational and otherwise) has followed what might be considered a traditional path. I often had to haggle with registrars, deans, and advisers over which sets of classes, extracurriculars, and research projects would be allowable; because those that I wanted to take didnt neatly fit into the pre-arranged packages. [more personal reflections ...]