MEET SOME OF THE REMARKABLE WOMEN@JPL

THEY FORGED NEW PATHS IN THEIR OWN LIVES. NOW THEY ARE FORGING NEW PATHS IN OURS.

Tune in on the 1st and 15th of every month to meet some of the women paving the way into new frontiers at NASA's Jet Propulsion LabORATORY. Learn about their roads to JPL, the missions they are working on, and hear the advice they would give to a young girl today, anywhere in the world, WHOSE DREAM IS TO DarE Mighty Things.

 

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Jackie Lyra

JACKIE LYRA, SENIOR ENGINEER

Born in Brazil, Jackie is a senior engineer specializing in temperature control and systems engineering. She has played a key role in most of JPL's critical missions.

Jordana Blacksberg

JORDANA BLACKSBERG, PLANETARY INSTRUMENTS SCIENTIST

Jordana is leading JPL in the development of next-generation instruments for the study of other planets, asteroids and comets.

Lisa Haber

LISA HABER, ASST. MANAGER, NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMS OFFICE

During her childhood Lisa's mother always encouraged her to get out of Las Vegas and do more. Today Lisa provides critical support to JPL's missions.

Heidi Herman

HEIDI HERMAN, BUSINESS ADMIN MANAGER

Heidi was one of the "boat people" from Vietnam after the fall of Saigon and lived for a year in a refugee camp in Indonesia. Now she provides financial and administrative support for all of JPL’s missions.

Anita Sengupta

ANITA SENGUPTA, AEROSPACE ENGINEER

Anita manages the development of the next generation of missions to explore the origins of the universe and the physics of the cosmos.

Rosaly Lopes

ROSALY LOPES, PLANETARY GEOLOGIST

Born in Brazil and educated in London, Rosaly is in the Guinness World Book of Records for having discovered 71 active volcanoes on Jupiter's moon Io.

Khanara Ellers

KHANARA ELLERS, SYSTEMS ENGINEER

As a child in Cambodia, she watched the moon landing and decided to work in the space program. She endured the tragedies of having her father and most of her male relatives killed by the Khmer Rouge.

Taguhi Arakelian

TAGUHI ARAKELIAN, SYSTEMS ENGINEER

She came to the U.S. from Armenia in the 10th grade, speaking no English. Today Taguhi helps to ensure that we do not transfer microbes to other planets and other systems, and vice versa.

Melanie Chau-Budiman

MELANIE CHAU-BUDIMAN, IT MANAGER

Melanie escaped Vietnam as a child, with only her two brothers, on a boat with 2,600 refugees. Rescued by the Red Cross, she was sponsored by an American family. Today she is an IT Manager at JPL.

Polly Estabrook

POLLY ESTABROOK, TELECOM ENGINEER

With a doctorate from Stanford, Polly is an expert in deep space and satellite communication systems. She has led development teams for the telecom systems for the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.

Ana Maria Guerrero

ANA MARIA GUERRERO, DEEP SPACE NETWORK MANAGER

The daughter of immigrants from Mexico, today Ana manages digital communications to and from missions into deep space.

Sue Finley

SUE FINLEY, TEST ENGINEER

One of the "human computers" in 1958, Sue has been there from the virtual beginnings of the space program. Her experience makes her an invaluable test engineer.

MiMi Aung

MIMI AUNG, MARS HELICOPTER PROJECT MANAGER

Raised in Burma with few amenities, MiMi came to the U.S. by herself at 16 for access to education. Today she is leading the project to develop a Mars helicopter technology demonstration, an entirely new type of space flight.

Tracy Drain

TRACY DRAIN, FLIGHT SYSTEMS ENGINEER

Her mother, a relatively low-income earner in Louisville, Kentucky, shared her love of learning and space. Today Tracy is exploring Jupiter.

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WELCOME TO WOMEN@JPL.

 

Looking today at photos of the early moon missions, one of the most noticeable features of the control room is the scarcity of women. Seeing those images today makes us appreciate the brilliant women who have played critical roles in space exploration all the more, from the "human computers" of the 1950s to the female engineers at the forefront today.

 

JPL has long been the beneficiary of the work of bright, inspired women. Today they work side by side with the men on the missions to chart new paths into the unexplored realms of our universe.

 

We have selected 14 women out of many at JPL to exemplify how far we have come. They come from a variety of backgrounds and different parts of the world, but they hold certain qualities in common: a sense of wonder about the night sky and the secrets it holds, a determination to push themselves beyond the boundaries of the "norm," and more.

 

We are so proud of the Women@JPL. We hope you are as inspired by their stories as we are.

 

 

LESLIE LIVESAY

DIRECTOR, ASTRONOMY AND PHYSICS, JPL

 

 

CINZIA ZUFFADA

ASSOCIATE CHIEF SCIENTIST, JPL

 

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