NASA aerospace engineer to discuss Mars and space program Nov. 20

A distinguished aerospace engineer will speak at Purdue to share her knowledge of landing humans on Mars and NASA’s approach to the future.

Michelle Munk, an aerospace engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center, will speak during the presentation “From the Beach to Mars: One Engineer’s Journey” at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 in Armstrong Hall, Room B061.

Sponsored by the Women in Engineering program and the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the talk will focus on Munk’s 20-year career and her work on the mission to land a human on Mars.

Munk worked on the instrumentation of the heat shield on the Mars Science Laboratory. The MSL heat shield instrumentation was the most extensive ever sent to Mars. The data returned is vital to missions of the future.
Since 2013, Munk has been the principal investigator of entry, descent and landing technologies within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. In this position, she coordinates NASA’s EDL investments across nine programs in the directorate.

Munk earned her bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech University and has been a NASA employee for more than 26 years. She has won several NASA group and individual achievement awards, including the Space Flight Awareness Award and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

*Source: The Exponent Online

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