Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Assembly, Test and Launch Operations (ATLO) Manager
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California
Matt Wallace and the ATLO team are responsible for assembling the hardware delivered by the subsystems and science community into the two MER rover/spacecraft, testing the rover/spacecraft at JPL, then overseeing the Kennedy Space Center operations through launch of the vehicles in the early summer of 2003.
Matt grew up in various towns in New Jersey, and the suburbs of Washington D.C. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1984 with a B.S. in Systems Engineering and served five years as a line officer in the U.S. submarine force fast attack fleet. Matt left the Navy to go to graduate school at Caltech where he received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1991, prior to coming to JPL.
At JPL, Matt supported Cassini power system activities and advanced mission concepts, then worked in various capacities on the Mars Pathfinder lander and rover engineering teams. He was one of the operations coordinators for Sojourner during the MPF landed mission. Matt also worked for several years at Orbital Sciences Corporation holding various systems and program management positions on remote sensing satellite programs before returning to JPL in 2001.
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center