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ISSC Committee


Alessandra Babuscia

    Alessandra received her B.S. and M.S degrees from the Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, in 2005 and 2007, respectively, and her Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, in 2012. She is currently a Telecommunication Engineer at NASA JPL (332H). She has developed communication systems for different university missions (CASTOR, ExoplanetSat, TerSat, REXIS, TALARIS). She has been with the Communication Architecture Research Group, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. Her current research interests include communication architecture design, statistical risk estimation, multidisciplinary design optimization, and mission scheduling and planning. She was a member of the organizing committee for iCubeSat 2012 (MIT, Cambridge), and she is a session chair at the IEEE Aerospace Conference.

Sara Spangelo

    Sara Spangelo completed a Master's degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, focusing on optimizing trajectories for energy-efficient periodic solar-powered UAVs. She supported the Radio Aurora Explorer (RAX) CubeSat Missions from 2009-2012. She completed a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan in December 2012 focusing on developing a modeling and simulation framework for space systems, and optimization algorithms for scheduling small satellites and ground network. She consulted for AGI in the Spring of 2013, and has been working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) since then as the Lead systems Engineer for a Discovery-class concept, designing optimal observing scenario, performing trajectory design and optimization for CubeSats with novel propulsion technologies, and involved in a variety of small spacecraft proposals and missions.

Rodrigo Zeledon

    Rodrigo received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009. He is currently a fourth-year Ph.D. student at Cornell University's Space Systems Design Studio. His research interests include spacecraft dynamics, small spacecraft design and small-scale propulsion systems. His current work involves the development of an electrolysis propulsion system for CubeSats.

Derek Dalle

    Derek Dalle is an aerodynamics engineer/researcher in NASA Ames' Applied Modeling and Simulation branch (Code TNA) with Science & Technology Corp. His current focus is aerodynamics for the Space Launch System using NASA's High-End Computing Capability efficiently. He received a Ph.D. from Michigan in 2013. His interests include various types of trans-atmospheric vehicles including air-breathing hypersonic engines, launch vehicles, reentry applications, and others. Previously he was a aerodynamics engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona.

Farah Alibay

    Farah received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Cambridge in Aerospace and Aerothermal Engineering in 2010, and her PhD in Space Systems Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2014. Her PhD research focused on the use of spatially and temporally distributed systems for the exploration of planetary bodies in the solar system, as well as developing tools for the rapid evaluation of mission concepts in early formulation. She is currently working as a systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the Planetary Mission Formulation group.

Carlyn Lee

    Carlyn is a software engineer for the Telecommunication Architecture Group at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is involved in link budget analysis tools development and optimization for space communication and navigation. Her research interests include communication systems, networking architecture, and high-performance computations.

Travis Imken

    Travis Imken received an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2014. His research focused on the development of the 3D-printed cold-gas attitude control system for the JPL INSPIRE CubeSatellites. While at UT Austin, Travis worked in the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory and supported many small satellite missions in various leadership roles, including the Bevo-1 picosatellite and the Bevo-2, ARMADILLO, and RACE CubeSats. He currently works as a Systems Engineer in the Advanced Design Engineering Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Travis serves as a systems engineer and model developer for the Team Xc concurrent design team. He also works as a systems engineer for the proposed interplanetary Lunar Flashlight and NEA Scout CubeSat missions. Travis is an avid skier and enjoys the outdoors.

Yutao He

    Yutao He is currently a Senior Technologist in the Advanced Computer Systems and Technologies group at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), leading researches in developing advanced avionics technology for future spacecraft. He received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA. His current research interests are rad-hard SmallSat/CubeSat avionics for deep space missions, FPGA-based reconfigurable computing, advanced fault-tolerant avionics architecture, real-time embedded systems, and systems engineering of complex systems design. He is the C&DH Lead for interplanetary Lunar Flashlight and NEA Scout CubeSat missions. He is also a visiting faculty member at UCLA and CSULA, teaching undergraduate/graduate courses in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Aman Chandra

    Aman Chandra received a B.E in Chemical Engineering from M.S Ramiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India in 2012 and an M.S in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University in 2015. His master’s thesis dissertation is on the design and optimization of inflatable parabolic reflectors for small satellite communication. Aman received his graduate training at Arizona State University’s Space and Terrestrial Robobtic Exploration Laboratory (SpaceTREx). He has been working on NASA JPL’s inflatable antenna project and is on the Engineering team for AOSAT 1 Cubesat Centrifuge mission and LunaH-Map lunar Cubesat mission. His interests include Space Systems Engineering, Structural Design, Finite Element Analysis, Multi-parameter Design Optimization and Statistical Risk Assesement.

Krisjani S. Angkasa

    Kris is a Telecommunications Systems Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has twenty five years of experience at JPL contributing to the deep space missions such as, Kepler, Mars Exploration Rover, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, MAVEN, Juno, and Mars Science Laboratory focusing on the design, development, test, integration, and flight ops of the DSN ground and deep space radios. She spent two years at the Hughes Space \& Communications (now Boeing) as a Payload Communication Systems Lead for a Ka-Band satellite that is currently used by DirectTV. She earned her B.S. in Computer Science from California Polytechnic University, Pomona and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from USC. Currently, she is the Telecommunications Systems Engineer for Lunar IceCube, a 6U cubesat slated for SLS EM-1 launch, and Mars2020.

Julianna Fishman

    Julianna Fishman is the founder of Technology Horse LLC, a program and project management services company. Ms. Fishman facilitates activities of the Technology Integration Agent, a process utilized by several multidisciplinary NASA programs to define mission, program, and project priorities; support requirements analysis; and perform technology assessments. From 1994 to the present, she has provided program and project formulation and implementation support to several NASA programs at both NASA Headquarters and Ames Research Center to include: Space Biology, Gravitational Biology and Ecology, Fundamental Space Biology, Biomolecular Physics and Chemistry, Astrobionics Technology Group, Dust Management Project, Small Spacecraft Technology Program, Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute, and the Office of the Center Chief Technologist. In her capacities, Ms. Fishman makes contributions in the areas of program and project document content development; focus group, workshop, and review planning; and development of presentations, white papers, and communications material. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Master’s in Business Administration from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.