PREVIEW: MIMI AUNG

PROJECT MANAGER, MARS HELICOPTER

 

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MiMi grew up in Burma (Myanmar), with no television and few amenities, and having to pump water from a well. But she looked at the night sky, and the view of space, with a sense of wonder.

 

Coming to the U.S. by herself at 16, she found her passion in engineering. Today she is leading the project to develop a Mars helicopter technology demonstration, an entirely new type of space flight.

 

 

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MiMi Aung

MIMI AUNG, MARS HELICOPTER PROJECT MANAGER

Raised in Burma with few amenities, MiMi came to the U.Ss 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Heidi Herman

HEIDI HERMAN, BUSINESS ADMIN MANAGER

Heidi was one of the "boat people" 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.

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.

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.

Lisa Haber

LISA HABER, ASST. MANAGER, NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMS OFFICE

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

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.

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.

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.