Rocket Scientist, Sr. Vice President
University of Southern California
location_on United States
Member since 1 year
Dr. Sengupta is an aerospace engineer and veteran of the space program. Her NASA engineering projects included her PhD research on developing the ion propulsion system for the Dawn Mission (currently in the main asteroid belt), the supersonic parachute that landed the Curiosity rover on Mars, and the Cold Atom Laboratory an atomic physics facility for the International Space Station. Most recently she led the development of the hyperloop systems architecture that will enable ground based travel in excess of airline speed. Her next adventure is designing autonomous air taxis for urban aerial transport and supersonic aircraft.
Dr. Sengupta received her MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, where she is a Resesrch associate professor in the Asronautics and Space Technology deparment teaching spacecraft, entry, and landing system design for planetary exploration. In her spare time she is an avid pilot, motorcyclist, scuba diver, snowboarder, and runner.