Kim Steadman

Kim Steadman received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. After graduate school, Kim started her career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. While at JPL, she has worked on several different projects including the Mars Exploration Rover Mission, Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, the Mars Science Laboratory, and the Mars 2020 rover.

Currently, Steadman is a Tactical Uplink Lead for the Mars Science Laboratory and a Science System Engineer for the Mars 2020 Rover. As TUL on Curiosity, she is responsible for running the tactical planning shift. It is her responsibility to ensure that the tactical plan meets science objectives (as specified by the science team), conforms to flight rules and operational guidelines, respects available spacecraft resources, and is possible to implement in the tactical planning shift. As a Science System Engineer for the 2020 rover, she is helping to design the operations process for the rover once it lands on Mars.

In 2015, she received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for her work on the Cassini Solstice Mission.