Sideline Reporter Biography
Bobak Ferdowsi is an engineer on the Europa Clipper study and formerly a Flight Director on Mars Curiosity, after working design and testing for nearly a decade on that project. Bobak earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2001 from the University of Washington and subsequently his Master of Science in the same area from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He gained notoriety during the Curiosity landing when the audience at home saw his Mohawk and stars in his hair. Bobak has always wanted to work on missions to explore our universe. He plays shortstop in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory softball league and usually rides his bike to work. He spends a lot of his free time doing outreach to encourage STEM education, including the White House science fair and a number of talks at schools throughout the country.