AIAA Senior Member (Early Adopter), Fault Management and System Autonomy Principal Engineer for Lunar Missions at Northrop Grumman Corporation
Michael Staab is a Fault Management and System Autonomy Principal Engineer for Lunar Missions at Northrop Grumman Corporation. In this role, he supports the Gateway and Human Lander System missions as part of NASA’s Artemis Program, providing fault management and system autonomy design for the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) module and the Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper Laboratory National Team HLS entry. In his previous roles with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he was a Fault Protection and Flight System Systems Engineer for the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar Mission, a Spacecraft Systems Engineer and Flight Director the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, and Flight Controller for the Cassini mission, and a Mission System Systems Engineer for the Mars Perseverance Rover. Michael is a PhD Student in the Department of Astronautical Engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California, under the advisement of Prof Azad Madni and Prof Daniel Erwin. His research interests include system autonomy, system resiliency, machine learning, and fault protection. Additionally, Michael is an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer in the United States Navy Reserves. Assigned to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIRSYSCOM), he supports the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) with the acquisition, development, testing, and deployment of air and weapons systems to fleet operators conducting joint operations around the world. With a lifelong fascination in spaceflight, Michael was inspired from an early age with the successful landing of the Mars Pathfinder mission, John Glenn’s flight aboard Space Shuttle Discovery, and frequent trips to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center; he is an aspiring NASA Astronaut, having applied twice to NASA’s Astronaut Candidate Program. Michael holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University and a Master’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.