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   David Oh
   Lead Flight Director, Mars Science Laboratory
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California
United States Of America
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High School: Indian Springs School, Helena,  AL
BS Astronautical Engineering and BS Music, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS Astronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sc.D. Astronautics and Astronautics, Space Propulsion, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Background Information
David received his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1996. He also received bachelors degrees in both Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as in Music from MIT in 1991.

David is currently the Lead Flight Director for the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity. He joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in 2003 and has worked on missions to the moon, Jupiter, and to Mars. Prior to coming to JPL, David worked at Space Systems/Loral where is was the principle systems engineer for electric propulsion systems on multiple communications satellites.

When not at the lab, David enjoys spending time with his family, including his three kids, who think he has the coolest job in the world.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

As "cross-cutting domain lead", David led the multidisciplinary team of systems engineers and test analysts that designed, tested, and delivered the core avionics, thermal, and communications systems on NASAs next Mars Rover, the Mars Science Laboratory. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

A piece of practical advice to technically minded college students: if you dont know exactly what you want to do, major in the most technical degree you can handle. You can always go from a more technical degree to a less technical job (Physics degree -> engineer -> lawyer), but you it is difficult to go back the other way. [more personal reflections ...]