Erisa K. (Hines) Stilley, systems engineer – Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will be one of our virtual guests.
Erisa K (Hines) Stilley is currently working on the next generation rover mission to Mars at JPL. She is a member of the Mars 2020 EDL systems team for a mission that will return to Mars in the year 2020 and collect samples for a potential future return mission where they might be brought back to Earth for study. Previously, before Curiosity’s landing in August 2012, she helped fly the rover from Earth to Mars during the Cruise portion of the mission as part of the Attitude Control Systems team. She then got to join the rover driver team that operates the Curiosity rover. Prior to Curiosity, she worked on the DAWN Asteroid mission and Altair, the next generation moon lander design. On Altair, Erisa was part of the flight system engineering team and participated in “lunar G” (think “zeroG”) test flights in Houston, TX.
Erisa grew up in northeastern Missouri. Her college years started as an undergraduate in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Miami in Florida. She then made her way to MIT and spent three years on Aerospace Engineering and Technology Policy graduate studies in Cambridge, MA. After graduating and interning for a summer at JPL, she served the following summer with Engineering Ministries International in Colorado Springs before moving to Pasadena to work at JPL full-time.
Outside of work, she is involved in her church community, enjoys Caltech theater, and outdoor activities like hiking.