Mission Systems Engineer
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
In the critical role of New Horizons mission systems engineer, Dave Kusnierkiewicz leads the technical development of NASA's first spacecraft to Pluto, from integration of New Horizons' key systems and science instruments through to pre-launch testing.
Kusnierkiewicz is a member of the principal professional staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., and is the chief engineer of APL's Space Department. Since joining the Lab in 1983 he has contributed to a number of NASA and Department of Defense programs, including the successful Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) mission, on which he also served as mission systems engineer.
Kusnierkiewicz holds bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has an extensive background in designing, integrating and testing power system electronics for spacecraft. He has received two NASA Group Achievement awards, has authored or co-authored 10 technical papers and serves as a guest lecturer for space-related Johns Hopkins evening college courses, where he speaks about spacecraft integration and testing.
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center