Cole Kazemba is an Aerospace Engineer in the Entry Systems and Vehicle Development Branch at NASA Ames Research Center. During his 9 years at NASA, he has worked extensively on atmospheric entry technology development projects; contributing to many of the cutting-edge entry technologies that NASA has matured over the last decade including inflatable, mechanically deployable, and 3-D woven heatshields. Cole is passionate about robotic planetary exploration and is currently serving as the Lead Systems Engineer for the entry vehicle on the Dragonfly mission which will launch in 2027 and deliver a nuclear-powered octocopter to the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan. During his academic and professional career, Cole has been the recipient of the Astronaut Scholarship, the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship, and the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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