Dr. Powtawche Valerino – Associate Editor

Powtawche Valerino is a Senior Guidance Engineer who works for Aerodyne Industries at the NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center. She supports NASA’s Space Launch System program on the Engineering and Science Services and Skills Augmentation contract. Powtawche received an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a masters and doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in Aero-Astronautics from Rice University. Her research interests include optimal control, trajectory optimization (low thrust), and flight path control. Additional interests include spacecraft navigation, mission operations, mission planning, propulsion systems, and systems engineering. Prior to joining Aerodyne Industries, Powtawche was a flight path control analyst at NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory and worked on the navigation teams for the Cassini-Huygens, Europa Clipper, and Parker Solar Probe missions.
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