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Lorraine Fesq


Lorraine Fesq is a Principal Engineer in the Engineering Development Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has over 30 years of aerospace experience that spans industry, government and academia, has worked all mission phases of spacecraft development, and received a NASA Public Service Medal for her work on the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Lorraine taught in the Aeronautics/Astronautics department at MIT while researching model-based diagnostic techniques. She recently organized NASA’s Planetary Spacecraft Fault Management Workshop, which brought together Fault Management practitioners and experts from NASA, DoD, industry, and academia to share insights and to expose and address systemic challenges. Lorraine led a NASA-wide assessment and advisory team to review the Constellation Program and to recommend improvements to the program’s Fault Management plans, designs, and organizational structure. Lorraine currently is on a quest to establish Fault Management as a recognized discipline — she is the Lead for NASA’s FM Community of Practice, and has been organizing the development of the NASA FM Handbook to benefit current and future missions in designing, building, testing, operating and managing Fault Management within space systems. Lorraine received her B.A. in Mathematics from Rutgers University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles