Paula S. Morgan

Title: Engineer
Company: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Location: Newhall, California, United States

Paula S. Morgan, Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Aviation and Aerospace.

Ms. Morgan is the lead commander of the data subsystem team tasked to collect spacecraft data at JPL, which they use to develop uplinks for spacecraft turn systems. She received a 2006 Certificate of Recognition from NASA for her work, and attributes her success to self-learning, particularly in every aspect of her work. Since every spacecraft is different, Ms. Morgan has had to continue learning. She always wanted to be an astronaut, but the risk deterred her from the profession and turned her instead to astronomy, satellites, robotics, and ultimately to spacecraft engineering. Ms. Morgan is currently completing work on the Cassini project, and is looking forward to her next challenge.

An alumna of California State Polytechnic University, Ms. Morgan studied aerospace engineering and worked as a separation systems team leader for Rockwell International Space Systems Division, ultimately becoming a senior engineer specialist. She joined Kenetch Wind Power as a loads analyst and Madentech Engineering as a command and data subsystem test engineer before arriving at Cal Tech and JPL as a CloudSat spacecraft fault protection reviewer. She went on to work on the Kepler astronomical observatory, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and as lead engineer on the Cassini Spacecraft command and data system fault protection team. Since 2013, Ms. Morgan has held the role of technical leader of Section 349 of JPL.

Ms. Morgan is an avid guitar player and a scientific author of such works as “Cassini Mission-to-Saturn Spacecraft Overview & CDS Preparations for End-of-Mission Proximal Orbits,” presented at the IEEE conference of 2015. She credits her family’s encouragement and her own hard work for her success, and believes nothing separates her from others. Ms. Morgan believes everyone has the potential to do a job like she has, just waiting to be fulfilled.

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