NASA Announces 2018 Mission Control Team
Six NASA employees have been tapped to join their 2018 class of Mission Control Flight Directors. In their new role, they will lead a variety of operations at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, and oversee human spaceflight missions to the International Space Station, as well as future missions to the moon and beyond. Among the new flight directors is Pooja Jesrani who has been with NASA for just over a decade. She most recently served as the Lead ISS CapCom Engineer, or capsule communicator, where she was responsible for speaking directly with astronauts in space. Prior to that, the 2007 University of Texas at Austin graduate was the Program Integration Engineer for ISS and CST-100, and before that, as an ISS Motion Control System Flight Controller and Instructor. She began her aerospace career as an intern for the United Space Alliance. José Marcos Flores came to the Johnson Space Center in 2010 as a Systems Engineer, helping to develop a new space station simulator. The Puerto Rico native then went on to become a Flight Controller, managing the station’s power and external thermal control in a position known as Station Power, ARticulation, Thermal, and Analysis. The University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez graduate, who also has a Master’s from Purdue, began his engineering career as an intern at multiple NASA centers while working on his Bachelor’s degree. Adi Boulos joined NASA in 2008 as a Flight Controller in charge of the space station's computer systems. The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign graduate was one of the first flight controllers managing the space station’s core system computer networks in a position known as Communications RF Onboard Networks Utilization Specialist (CRONUS). In addition to serving as a CRONUS Specialist Flight Controller and as a CRONUS Instructor, the bilingual engineer -- who is fluent in English and Arabic -- also worked with the Orion Program on spacecraft system recovery processes after major malfunctions. Joining the six-person class will be Allison Bolinger, Rebecca Wingfield, and Paul Konyha. While there are currently 26 active flight directors at Houston's Johnson Space Center, less than 100 people have been appointed to the role since the late 1950s. More here.