Flight Director Mars Science Lab
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA, California United States Of America
High School: American School in Japan, Tokyo, Japan,
Bachelor of Science, University of Washington
Master of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Grew up in Oakland and Tokyo, before going to school to pursue a degree in aerospace and eventually end up at JPL doing what I could only imagine as a kid. Outside of work, I love to exercise, play softball, and spend time with friends & family.
Contributions to Mars Exploration
I’m currently a flight director on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission in both Cruise/EDL and Surface phases. In addition during cruise I served as both a systems chair and activity lead throughout, based on what was happening that week.
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This is tough! Ultimately its worth it. I started out in Physics and moved over to Aerospace, but I love both. Science is really about the pursuit of knowledge so you have to be patient, but understanding how the world works is so amazing - you gain an appreciation for so many things.
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