Ms. Amanda Arvai serves as the engineering steering committee’s liaison to the leadership team, where she facilitates communication on behalf of the engineering staff. This committee identifies issues of strategic importance for the engineering work conducted at the institute and provides input about engineering procedures, processes, and practices.
Ms. Arvai serves as the deputy branch manager for the spacecraft operations and engineering branch, which supports the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) spacecraft flight operations. In this role, she develops flight products and procedures to operate JWST post-launch. She leads the Attitude Control Subsystem (ACS), which is responsible for pointing control and attitude determination, and supports the propulsion and fault management subsystems. She also supports the development and maintenance of software tools for the flight operations team.
Before joining the institute in 2014, she served as a propulsion and attitude control subsystem engineer at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to support NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory. As a member of Chandra’s spaceflight operations team, she provided on-call anomaly response and managed the on-orbit performance of the propulsion and attitude control subsystems from 2009 to 2014. She joined Northrop in Redondo Beach, California, as a member of the proposal team for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle in 2006, and quickly went on to support spacecraft flight operations. While earning her master’s degree, she worked in the flight controls lab as a research assistant at the University of Florida.
MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida
BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame