Title: Flight Software Engineer
Location: Woodbridge, Virginia, United States
Melanie Ariana Blackburn, a flight software engineer for the GOES-R series of satellites at NASA, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in-flight software engineering.
With years of experience in physics, space science, astrophysics, and remote sensing, Ms. Blackburn has dedicated her life to contributing to the scientific breakthroughs of space exploration. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in physics from West Virginia University in 2001 and a Master of Science in space and planetary physics from the University of Michigan in 2005. She began her career with NASA as a systems engineer from 2009 to 2010 and a senior programmer and analyst from 2010 to 2012. During this time, she was responsible for debugging, updating, and adding capabilities to the FORTRAN code used in orbit determination of NASA spacecraft. She later found notable success as a lead flight operations simulation engineer for the Joint Polar Satellite System/National Polar-orbiting Partnership from 2012 to 2015.
In her current position, Ms. Blackburn is proficient in generating procedures to run against spacecraft simulators, developing command procedures, telemetry display pages, and real-time plots, and overseeing pre-launch testing of GOES-R/S subsystems as they relate to validation of FSW, command, and telemetry databases. She is proud to have contributed to published works in the field of physics and engineering such as “Ion Temperature Anisotropy Limitation in High Beta Plasmas,” “The Mode-separated Pulse Profiles of Pulsar Radio Emission,” “Exams in Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy” and “A Search for Dwarf Novae in Globular Cluster 47 Tucanae.” Over the course of her career, she has maintained affiliations with the Society of Physics Students, the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the American Physical Society, and the American Astrophysical Society. With extended family living in Germany and a firm grasp of the German language, she aims to obtain German citizenship. Looking toward the future, her goal is to join the European Space Agency.
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