MiMi Aung is the Project Manager for Mars Helicopter at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology. Mars Helicopter is a project currently developing a Helicopter to perform the first time ever demonstration of aerial flight at Mars. The Helicopter is planned for launch onboard NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover in July of 2020.
Ms. Aung has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At JPL, she has applied her Engineering background in multiple areas of space exploration, including Deep Space Autonomous Systems; Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation & Control; multiple-spacecraft Formation Flying; Optical Communications; and Deep Space Signal Processing & Communications. She has worked on space flight projects, Deep Space Network, technology development for autonomous systems, and line management of technical organizations. She is passionate about space exploration, especially to advance the autonomous capability of spacecraft exploring deep space.