Spaceflight Division, Engineering Directorate
NASA Ames Research Center
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April 29: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM PDT / 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
Sally Cahill is the chief of the Engineering Directorate’s Spaceflight Division at NASA Ames Research Center. She has 20+ years of experience managing aerospace programs and projects and has been at NASA since 2003. Sally earned her Ph.D. in applied science-engineering through the joint Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory-University of California, Davis doctorate program. She also holds an MBA from Santa Clara University.
System Engineer, Integration and Test Manager
Mark Mallinson is the systems engineering, integration and test (SEIT) lead for the Spaceflight Division. Mark’s background includes systems engineering and mechanical engineering for small spacecraft and International Space Station payloads, including the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), Adaptive Deployable Entry and Placement Technology (ADEPT), and WetLab-2. He holds a Master of Science in mechanical engineering degree from San Jose State University.
Spaceflight Projects Manager
Ben Bradley is the spaceflight projects manager for the Spaceflight Division. He oversees project managers working on small spacecraft projects through all mission phases including initial formulation, development, integration test, delivery and operations.
Mission Design Center Lead
David Mauro is a KBR senior engineer and manager working as a contractor for NASA Ames Research Center since 2010. At Ames, David leads the Mission Design Center, whose goal is to assess how potential future robotic missions can explore the solar system. He is a graduate of the Italian Naval Academy with 14 years of professional military experience as an officer of a Marine rifle assault company. He holds degrees in engineering, naval and maritime science and space studies. In addition to several military medals, commendations, and NASA group awards, David is also the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal.
Flight Dynamics Lead
Laura’s 30 years of experience in flight dynamics contribute to Ames’ focus on cis-lunar missions, low planetary orbits, and multi-satellite relative motion. Laura was the flight dynamics lead on Ames’ Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission from 2008 to 2014. She holds a Master of Science in aerospace engineering degree from the University of Michigan, where her mentor was the late Professor Harm Buning, whose many students of orbital mechanics included Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronauts.