HS ASCEND John Day

John Day

Manager of the Engineering Development Office in the JPL Systems Engineering Division

John Day has over 30 years of systems engineering experience working on a variety of NASA projects. He has provided key technical and managerial expertise to human, deep-space, and robotic observatory projects and programs (Europa Clipper, Constellation, Mars Science Lander, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Deep Impact, Kepler, SIM, Spitzer, Cassini and Galileo). He is actively involved in advancing the theory and state of practice of systems engineering, with a particular focus on enabling increasingly autonomous systems. John’s experience includes working at his own systems engineering consulting company, at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space, and at JPL. He is currently the Manager of the Engineering Development Office in the JPL Systems Engineering Division, and the Lead for the JPL Center for Autonomy. He holds degrees in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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