ME Alums Play Key Roles in Mars Rover Mission

Anita Sengupta (Aero'98)
Anita Sengupta (Aero'98)

Two members of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission team, which successfully landed the Curiosity rover on the surface of the red planet on August 6, are College of Engineering alumni.

Anita Sengupta (Aero’98), a senior systems engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was featured in National Public Radio station WBUR’s On Point. Sengupta’s interview can be heard at about seven minutes into the program.

Matthew Heverly (MS, ME’05), a mobility systems engineer at JPL, is the lead driver of Curiosity. He describes the endeavor in the New York Times, and in Gizmodo, a news site on technology and digital culture.

The Mars Science Laboratory is a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. The $2.6 billion Curiosity rover was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support microbial life forms.

Matthew Heverly (MS, ME'05)
Matthew Heverly (MS, ME'05)