Project Manager, Cold Atom Laboratory
Dr. Anita Sengupta is a Project Manager in the Astronomy and Physics Directorate. She has been developing entry and propulsion systems for Mars, Venus, and deep space missions for the past decade at JPL. Currently she is the Project Manager for the Cold Atom Laboratory Mission, a multi-user ultra-cold quantum gas facility to be delivered to the International Space Station in 2016. Previously she was a flight systems engineer on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter mission, principal investigator for the Orion Vehicle Drogue Parachute Subscale Test Program, MSL parachute systems engineer, entry system lead for the SAGE Venus lander, lead systems engineer for a Mars Ascent Vehicle technology task, lead systems engineer for a Mars Sample return Discovery mission concept, and Co-Investigator of several electric propulsion development programs including VHITAL, NEXIS, NSTAR, and Prometheus 1. Prior to joining JPL she worked in industry on the Delta IV Launch Vehicle, X37 Vehicle, Space Shuttle, and Commercial Communication Satellites. She received her PhD and MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, where she is teaches undergraduate Spacecraft Design in the Astronautics and Space technology Department. She received her BS in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University.
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