Team

Name: Leonard, Dr. Jason
Role: Orbit Determination Team Lead
Organization: KinetX, Inc.
Joined OSIRIS-REx: June 2015

Bio:

Jason received his Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder under the advisement of Dr. George Born. He was a member of the Juno Orbit Determination Team during pre-Earth-flyby operations until he realized asteroids are where it is really at. He joined KinetX in 2015 to lead the Orbit Determination Team for OSIRIS-REx. He received the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal and PI Award of Distinction in 2019 for efforts dedicated towards OSIRIS-REx. Keep on keeping on. GO BUFFS.



Name: Lessac-Chenen, Erik
Role: Deep Space Navigation Engineer
Organization: KinetX, Inc.
Joined OSIRIS-REx: August 2017

Bio:

As a member of the OREx team Erik has performed optical navigation, assisted the maneuver design team, and helped develop the tools to track particle events on the surface of Bennu.

Previously, Erik was also a member of the optical navigation team for the New Horizons Mission’s Arrokoth encounter which took place on New Year’s Day, 2019. Erik received a B.S. in Physics from Stanford University, an M.S. in Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology from New York University, and a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Before joining KinetX, Erik worked for Advanced Space, LLC in mission design. Erik is a third generation New Yorker, and currently lives in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles with his fiancée Laura Hernandez and his cat Billie Holiday. Erik enjoys biking, sailing, spending time at the beach, and late night taco stands.



Name: Levine, Andrew
Role: Trajectory/Maneuver Analyst
Organization: KinetX Aerospace
Joined OSIRIS-REx: January of 2018

Bio:

Andrew attended the University of Arizona, and he graduated with B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, 2009. Andrew then attended the University of Colorado and graduated with M.S. Aerospace Systems in 2015. He is currently working at KinetX Aerospace as a maneuver and trajectory analyst on the OSIRIS-REx Mission. Andrew grew up in Tucson, Arizona and will forever be a Wildcat fan through and through, Bear Down!



Name: Lim, Dr. Lucy F
Role: Assistant Project Scientist
Organization: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2011

Bio:

Before joining OSIRIS-REx, Dr. Lim studied asteroids on the Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission as well as leading observation programs using the Spitzer Space Telescope and various ground-based telescopes. She did her undergraduate work at MIT and her Ph.D. in astronomy at Cornell University.



Name: Liounis, Andrew
Role: Flight Dynamics Engineer
Organization: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Joined OSIRIS-REx: May 2014

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Name: Lorenz, David
Role: TAG Campaign lead
Organization: Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc/Goddard Space Flight Center
Joined OSIRIS-REx: April 2014

Bio:

Dave’s first GSFC assignment in 1981 was working on the on-orbit repair mission of the crippled Solar Maximum Mission (SMM). Following the repair of SMM, he worked on Landsat operations. Dave became the shuttle integration manager for the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), which launched on STS-48. He has worked on various GOES satellites as well as the Terra and Aqua before coming to OSIRIS-REx. Dave has been married for 38+ years. He has 4 successful children, 3 grandchildren, and one grandbaby on the way.



Name: Loveridge, Michael
Role: Software Engineer
Organization: University of Arizona
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2012

Bio:

Michael joined the OSIRIS-REx team in 2012 as a student employee in IT while completing his Computer Science degree at the University of Arizona. Since graduating in 2015, he has worked in the Science Processing and Operations Team writing software to get spacecraft instrument data into the hands of the scientists. You'll find him outside hiking when the weather is cool, and inside with a good science fiction book during the summer months.



Name: Lujan, Michael
Role: Program Coordinator Senior
Organization: University of Arizona
Joined OSIRIS-REx: July 2015

Bio:

Michael Lujan is the Senior Program Coordinator of the OSIRIS-REx PI Office. Michael joined the OSIRIS-REx team in 2015 as a front desk student employee. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Michael was promoted to Administrative Assistant, then to Program Coordinator, before settling into his current role as Senior Program Coordinator. Michael’s efforts on the mission earned him a 2019 OSIRIS-REx PI Award of Distinction. In his spare time, Michael enjoys hiking alongside his Labrador mix, Clyde.



Name: Lyzhoft, Josh
Role: IV & V Team
Organization: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Joined OSIRIS-REx: October 2018

Bio:

Josh came to work for Goddard Space Flight Center in January of 2017, making his way from Minnesota, as a pathways intern. That year, he received his PhD degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University under the guidance of Dr. Bong Wie. With his work at GSFC, he has been able to work on Planetary Defense, image processing, shape modeling, and trajectory design projects. OSIRIS-REx was the first project that he was able to gain experience with orbit determination and optical navigation processing. During his free time, Josh likes to be outdoors, be it hiking, running, or foraging. Splitting wood is fun too!



Name: Ma, Huikang
Role: Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineer
Organization: Lockheed Martin Space
Joined OSIRIS-REx: January 2018

Bio:

Huikang, began his aerospace career at Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) as a student employee. During his time with LASP, he supported numerous deep space and Earth orbiter missions including Kepler Space Telescope, QuikSCAT Earth Observation Satellite, SORCE Solar Observation Satellite and Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission. He currently works at Lockheed Martin Space, under the section of Deep Space Exploration GN&C, supporting mission operations for OSIRIS-REx mission as well as Mars Odyssey mission. He has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder.



Name: Maestas, Alexander “Alec”
Role: Systems Engineer and Real-Time Operations
Organization: Lockheed Martin Space
Joined OSIRIS-REx: October 2019

Bio:

Alec is one of the newer members of the OSIRIS REx team and works as Systems Engineer as well as a Real-Time Operator on multiple NASA Deep Space missions. Prior to joining OSIRIS REx, Alec worked in Lockheed Martin’s Mission Solutions division in numerous Systems Engineering and RF Engineering roles supporting critical ground and space communication systems for the Air Force as well as payload testing for Commercial Space programs. Alec has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Engineering in Systems Engineering from the same university. Outside of work, Alec is an avid gamer (both tabletop and video games), likes to tinker with his 3D printer and travel the world with his wife.



Name: Mario, Courtney
Role: Natural Feature Tracking (NFT) Engineer
Organization: Draper
Joined OSIRIS-REx: May 2014

Bio:

Courtney Mario is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Draper in the Perception and Autonomy Group. She has over 11 years of experience in vision navigation systems for GPS-denied environments, including autonomous driving, UAVs, indoor navigation, and other spacecraft applications. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and did her graduate research with the Tufts Automated Systems and Robotics Lab. On OSIRIS-REx, she has been a member of the Natural Feature Tracking (NFT) team since 2014, supporting Lockheed Martin in development of NFT prior to launch. Since then she has continued to support all efforts around NFT feature modeling and image correlation performance and has enjoyed working closely with the science team as part of this. She loves all types of outdoor adventures, including hiking, mountain biking, camping in all seasons, and skiing and has also hiked to Everest Base Camp.



Name: May, Chris
Role: Thermal Subsystem Lead
Organization: Lockheed Martin Space
Joined OSIRIS-REx: November 2011

Bio:

Chris began his career at Lockheed Martin as a Stress engineer, working on Stardust, Mars 2001 Lander and the Odyssey spacecraft. In 2001, he transitioned to a Thermal role in mission operations on Odyssey and continued as a Thermal engineer on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Phoenix, GRAIL and OSIRIS-REx, supporting design, ATLO and mission operations on all four programs. Chris has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado. Outside of work, Chris enjoys fishing, hiking, backpacking and spending time with his wife and two kids.



Name: Mazarico, Erwan
Role: Asteroid Scientist - Radio Scientist
Organization: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2012

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Name: McAdams, Jim
Role: Navigation Team Maneuver Design Analyst
Organization: KinetX, Inc.
Joined OSIRIS-REx: September 2016

Bio:

As a Purdue University alumni with prior work experience at NASA/JPL, SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation), and JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, Jim worked in various Mission Design positions on the Galileo (first Jupiter orbiter), Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) and MESSENGER (Mercury orbiter) missions. With the OSIRIS-REx Maneuver Design team since launch, he supported primary and contingency design options. He also supports NASA’s Lucy (Jupiter Trojan asteroid flyby) and UAE’s Emirates Mars missions. He served in leadership and executive positions with the American Astronautical Society involving conference planning and publications. Jim is the only person who has worked on NASA’s Discovery Program of planetary exploration missions every year since that program’s initial exploratory study in 1989. He is an AIAA Associate Fellow. He enjoys hiking, traveling, and learning little known facts about mysteries of the universe. He recently celebrated 35 years of marriage with his wife and four kids in Maryland.



Name: McCarthy, Leilah
Role: Optical Navigation Engineer
Organization: KinetX, Inc.
Joined OSIRIS-REx: May 2016

Bio:

Leilah earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Ohio State and Master’s degrees in Physics and Aerospace Engineering from UC Davis and CU Boulder, respectively. She is excited for the opportunity and experience of working on OSIRIS-REx as her first space mission. In her spare time, she enjoys doing gymnastics and the flying trapeze.



Name: McDonough, Eva
Role: Database Administrator
Organization: University of Arizona
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2012

Bio:

Eva McDonough is the Database Administrator for OCAMS, SPOC, and Sample Analysis. She started with the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) Business Office in 1995. In 2000, Eva began a seven-year period working for Motorola then Raytheon as an Application DBA and then IT Project Manager. She returned to LPL in 2007 where she has since worked on a range of missions including Mars Odyssey, Phoenix, LRO, MESSENGER, MSL, and OSIRIS-REx. Her Catholic faith plays a large part in her life, and she considers herself quite blessed to have worked in diverse roles, especially at UArizona on both the business and science sides of LPL. She holds a BSBA in Management Information Systems from UArizona. Eva’s hobbies include baking (especially her mission-famous cheesecake), cooking, running, cycling, and gardening. She enjoys spending time with her husband and six children and raising her three chickens and dog.



Name: Miller, Brennen
Role: Systems Engineer
Organization: Lockheed Martin Space
Joined OSIRIS-REx: November 2018

Bio:

Brennen has experience on a variety of NASA programs, including the NEA Scout CubeSat, Hubble Space Telescope, and now OSIRIS-REx. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Valparaiso University and is currently working on a Master’s in Engineering Management at the University of Colorado Boulder. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, volleyball, and biking.



Name: Miller, Curtis
Role: Natural Feature Tracking Operations Lead
Organization: Lockheed Martin Space
Joined OSIRIS-REx: May 2014

Bio:

Curtis began his career at Lockheed Martin as a Systems engineer supporting the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS). In May 2014, he joined the OSIRIS-REx team to help develop the Natural Feature Tracking autonomous navigation system. Curtis transitioned to operations support after the OSIRIS-REx launch as both a Guidance, Navigation and Control team member and as the Natural Feature Tracking Operations Lead. Curtis has a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder.



Name: Miller, Graham
Role: Mission Operations Assurance
Organization: Lockheed Martin Space
Joined OSIRIS-REx: February 2018

Bio:

Graham joined Lockheed Martin in 2009 where he served as the Software Configuration Manager for a number of Deep Space Exploration (DSE) missions including Juno, GRAIL, MAVEN and OSIRIS-REx. After several years with DSE he left the group to work on the GOES-R weather satellite and then served as the Software Quality Team Lead for the Orion Human Space Flight program. Graham eventually found his way back to DSE where he now serves as the Mission Operations Assurance Engineer for several missions including OSIRIS-REx. Outside of work Graham coaches his son and daughter’s lacrosse teams and enjoys cycling, snowboarding and running.



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Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona, Tucson, is the principal investigator for OSIRIS-REx, and the University of Arizona also leads the science team and the mission’s science observation planning and data processing. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD provides overall mission management, systems engineering and safety and mission assurance. Lockheed Martin Space in Denver built the spacecraft and is providing flight operations. Goddard and KinetX Aerospace are responsible for navigating the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Collaborators from institutions around the US and other countries also contribute their expertise.

OSIRIS-REx is the third mission in NASA’s New Frontiers Program. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL manages New Frontiers for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate.

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