Mark Thornblom

Program Element Manager
Game Changing Development Program
Space Technology Mission Directorate



Prior to joining GCD this past January, Mark Thornblom served as the branch head of the Systems Integration and Test Branch, within the Engineering Directorate at the NASA’s Langley Research Center. In this role, he coordinated integration and flight qualification test activities for a wide variety of successful space flight missions for NASA and the Department of Defense. He served on the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Ground Test Technical Committee, the NASA Space Environments Capabilities Leadership Team, and as the NASA Langley representative to the Space Environment Testing Management Office.

Mark holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering, with an emphasis in space flight systems analysis, and has more than 15 years of experience developing space flight systems. His areas of expertise include passive thermal control engineering, thermal test engineering, contamination control engineering, and flight systems assembly, integration, and test. Mark enjoys spending time with his family while camping, hiking, and teaching his three boys to hunt and fish. He is also an avid runner and cyclist.