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Ken Derra 
ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) 


Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM CST

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ASME - Milwaukee Section December Video Webinar:

“A Personal Trajectory to Becoming an Interplanetary Navigator"



In an effort to keep our members engaged during this time of quarantining and social distancing, the ASME Milwaukee Section is inviting you to join us for a video webinar on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 5:30pm.  Please note that this presentaion originated at the ASME 2021 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE).

There is no cost to attend but we are suggesting a donation to our Student Support Initiative.  (We apologize for the inconvenience but we can only accept mailed in checks until further notice.)

TITLE:  A Personal Trajectory to Becoming an Interplanetary Navigator


Dr. Jill Seubert is an interplanetary navigator who has guided spacecraft across the solar system, including the Mars Perseverance rover.  In this presentation, she discusses her experiences throughout her engineering education, and the path that led her from rural Pennsylvania to mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Jill’s childhood and early education was full of people who supported her interest in STEM subjects, and she chose to study aerospace engineering due in no small part to the romanticism of space exploration.  The first time Jill watched a rover land on Mars was when Spirit bounced onto the surface, and Jill remembers one thing most clearly while watching the Mission Operations team at JPL celebrate: “I wish I were smart enough to do that someday.”

15 years later, Jill now knows that she is smart enough to do that, and has since supported several highly-successful Mars landings and demonstrated new technology to push the limits of deep space navigation.  This talk explores Jill’s engineering education journey, including opportunities and experiences that formulated key engineering traits.  Embracing lessons of the importance of adaptability and transparency, accrued through experiences in space mission operations, has forged Jill as a technical leader.  Jill will also discuss her experiences as a minority gender in engineering, and how valuing her individuality and authenticity as well as technical integrity has made her a better engineer. The audience will recognize the importance of their individual role in the transformative engineering landscape and future STEM workforce development while learning many pointers for effectiveness from Dr. Seubert’s remarkable journey.


Dr. Jill Seubert is an interplanetary navigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and is a leading expert on astrodynamics, estimation, deep space navigation, high-fidelity clock stochastic modeling, and mission and science applications of one-way radiometric data.  She has supported the navigation of numerous Mars missions, and was the Orbit Determination Lead for the Mars Science Mission 2020, guiding it to a safe landing on Mars on February 18, 2021.  In addition to her work in interplanetary navigation, Dr. Seubert was the Deputy Principal Investigator of NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock Technology Demonstration Mission.

Dr. Seubert is the recipient of the University of Colorado College of Engineering Recent Alumni Award (2017) and Pennsylvania State University “40 Under 40” award (2021).  She holds a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder.