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Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)

Meet: Jim Munger

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Northrop Grumman

Who he is:
Jim Munger brings 30 years of experience in aerospace and related disciplines to the LCROSS program. He earned his BA in Science from Hope College (Holland Michigan) and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan with an emphasis on Computer Aided Engineering and dynamics. Jim was recruited by TRW (now Northrop Grumman) while at the University of Michigan and returns each year to recruit new engineers for the company. Jim started his career at TRW serving as a SETA (Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance) specialist for a number of Air Force programs including Peacekeeper and supported the development and launch of the first SICBM. Since then Jim has served in a number of roles with increasing levels of responsibility including Section Manager, Dynamics Specialist, Spacecraft Operations Specialist, IR&D Principle Investigator, Proposal Manager, Human Computer Interface IPT (Integrated Product Team) Lead, IPT manager for Operations and Training, Program Systems Engineering Manager, Program Risk Manager, and Deputy Program Manager. Jim has delivered a number of spacecraft simulators and has delivered elements of the corresponding ground systems. Jim is also a certified spacecraft operator. Outside interests include coaching, boy scouts, church, music, and martial arts. Jim served for a number of years as an adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department at Cal State Dominguez Hills teaching upper division courses in Computer Graphics programming.

LCROSS Mission Specifics:
Jim is currently serving as the LCROSS Mission Operations IPT lead for Northrop Grumman. In this position he manages the Remote Operations Centers and the LCROSS Subsystem specialists in Redondo Beach, CA and Lanham, MD. He is also responsible for systems development efforts during flight. During the course of the program Jim served in a number of positions on the project simultaneously including systems engineer, risk manager, and currently serves as a flight crew member (call sign "NG Systems").

Jim began working on LCROSS in August 2006. He was drawn to LCROSS by the unusual nature of the mission, the accelerated schedule, and the chance to work on a NASA program where he could truly make a difference.

Visit the NASA Mission Site @ http://www.nasa.gov/lcross

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Editor: Brian Day
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Last Updated: October 2009