NASA: Entry, Descent, and Landing Systems, Space Technology Mission Directorate
Mrs. Michelle Munk began her 29-year NASA career as a cooperative education student at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and moved to Langley Research Center in 1998. Her technical background is in mission planning, flight mechanics, and trajectory simulation, and she was a member of the Mars Odyssey aerobraking flight operations team at Langley, in 2000-2001. Mrs. Munk spent five years at the Marshall Space Flight Center as the Lead Engineer for the In-Space Aerocapture project, overseeing entry systems technology development by NASA centers and industrial partners around the country. Upon returning to Langley in 2007, she served as a subsystem lead and Deputy Project Manager for the heatshield instrumentation on the Mars Science Laboratory mission. In 2013, Mrs. Munk became the Principal Technologist for Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL), within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). On detail to NASA Headquarters, Mrs. Munk is responsible for guiding the Agency’s technology investments in EDL. She was the Chair of the NASA Technology Area (TA) 9 roadmap for Entry, Descent, and Landing Systems, and she is the Deputy Lead of NASA’s EDL Systems Capability Leadership Team. Mrs. Munk holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech and is a Senior Member of AIAA. She participates in international EDL efforts and has several publications and NASA group and individual achievement awards, including the Space Flight Awareness Award and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.