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Dr. Ursula Schwuttke began her career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., where she pioneered new software technology automating mission operations for, among others, the Voyager grand tour of the solar system, the Galileo mission to Jupiter, and the Cassini mission to Saturn.

After 12 years at JPL, she raised $15 million in three rounds of venture capital to launch a private software company she led as CEO and Vice Chairman for seven years.

In 2004, she was able to apply that experience to her passion for the environment by providing business development expertise to a start-up wind energy company.

Today. as director of educational outreach at Florida’s Institute of Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), she is responsible for educational outreach and youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)  programs. Her interest in informal science learning compliments her commitment to community involvement.

Prior to relocating to Florida, Ursula launched the nonprofit organization Partners in Algebra Achievement, which sets up long-term relationships between at-risk students and members of the local professional community for tutoring and mentoring.

Ursula graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.

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