The Mars Society is pleased to welcome Dr. Farah Alibay, a veteran JPL Systems Engineer involved in multiple Mars exploration missions, as a virtual speaker during the 23rd Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for October 15-18.
Since 2014, Dr. Alibay has worked on a variety of NASA missions, spanning the phases of development, from early mission concepts to integration and testing all the way to cruise and surface operations. These include: GNC-Mobility Systems Engineer for the Mars Perseverance rover, Payload Systems Engineer for the Mars InSight lander, Mission Engineer for ARRM (Asteroid Robotic Redirect Mission) and Systems Engineer for the Mars Cube One (MarCO) mission.
Prior to joining JPL, Dr. Alibay served as a research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for three years, working on the development of tools and methods to assess the feasibility and return of multi-vehicle robotic exploration missions to the lunar surface. She also worked as a Graduate Fellow for NASA studying different architectural options for a potential Mars sample return mission and a potential mission to the Jovian moon Europa.
Dr. Alibay received her Ph.D. in Aerospace, Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her Master’s degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and her Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
This year’s global Mars Society teleconvention will be free of charge (although donations are welcome). For more details, including how to register and sponsorship opportunities, please click here. Regular updates, including a list of confirmed speakers, are being posted on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.