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Dr. Swati Mohan

2023 Speaker

DR. SWATI MOHAN joined NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory first in 2004, after completing her BS from Cornell University in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.  After working as a systems engineer on Cassini during Saturn Orbit Insertion and Huygens Probe release, she returned to graduate school in 2005 to MIT.  Dr. Mohan received her MS and PhD in Aeronautics/Astronautics from the MIT Space Systems Laboratory.  Since her return to JPL in 2010, Dr. Mohan has worked on multiple missions such as GRAIL and OCO-3.  Dr. Mohan also cofounded and manages the Small Satellite Dynamics Testbed.  For the past 8 years, she has been the Lead guidance, navigation, and controls systems engineer for Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, focusing on Cruise and EDL.  For the last year, her role was the Mars 2020 guidance, navigation, and controls operations lead. Dr. Mohan was the mission commentator for the landing of the Perseverance rover on February 18, 2021.  She is currently the supervisor for the Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Systems Engineering group at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.