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Louis A. D'Amario

Louis D'Amario received a B.S. in 1968 in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. in 1970 and a Ph.D. in 1973 in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 1977, he has been at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. From 1977 through 1997, he was involved in the Galileo Project and held the positions of Trajectory Group Leader, Mission Design Manager, and Deputy Navigation Team Chief. From 1997 through 2000, he supported mission analysis studies for Deep Space 1, Europa Orbiter, and Mars Sample Return. From 2000 through 2004, he worked on the Mars Exploration Rovers Project and served as the Navigation Team Chief. During 2004, he was the Mission Design Manager for the Prometheus Project. Currently, he is the Mission Design and Navigation Manager for the Mars Science Laboratory Project. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Astronautical Society and is currently serving on the AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee. He has received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals for his work on the Galileo and Mars Exploration Rovers missions.

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