Meet: Mark Lupisella
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Hi. My name is Mark Lupisella. I'm an engineer
and researcher working at the Goddard Space Flight Center.
I have always been interested in science,
technology, and space exploration. As a young boy, I used to launch
homemade model rockets. During my early years in high school, I knew
I wanted to work for NASA.
While I was in college, I worked at the Glenn
L. Martin Wind Tunnel as a Cooperative Education student (Co-op.). The
Co-op program is great program that allows students who are in college
to work full-time at a job in their field. It takes a little longer
to graduate, but it's definitely worth it! I was also a Co-op student
at NASA for two years.
As a freshman in college, I learned about
the Hubble Space Telescope and thought, "Wow, that's one project
I want to work on." I worked on the Hubble Space Telescope systems
for 7 years, as engineer and software development manager. My primary
responsibility on HST was Ground System Software Development. I was
also responsible for the local operational network, which is part of
the larger network that carries commands to the spacecraft from the
control center and telemetry from the spacecraft to the control center.
I have also been involved in other engineering
efforts like wearable computers and in areas of astrobiology I've worked
with contamination research regarding a human mission to Mars, artificial
life, the search for extraterrestrial life using cooperative robotics
and broader societal issues such as ethics and worldviews.
After I got my bachelor's of science degree
in physics, I got a masters degree in philosophy of science. Studying
the philosophy of science helped me understand how science works, how
scientists "do science," and what science and technology mean
to society. I am now working on a Ph.D. in biology. My dissertation
will be on modeling microbial contamination of Mars from a human mission.
My degrees are all from the University of Maryland, College Park.
I love working for NASA. The work is exciting
and the people are terrific. NASA has taught us much about the universe
and our place in it. I can't think of anything more exciting than that.