Lisa Mazzuca

  • Class Year1991

  • Degree B.S. Mathematics

As NASA’s search and rescue mission manager, Lisa Mazzuca, ’91, oversees a program many people aren’t even aware exists. Through the work of Lisa and her colleagues, NASA enables the satellite technology for search and rescue missions that provides the locations of people who are missing after airplane or ship disasters. To date, the program has saved more than 41,000 lives worldwide. Lisa's current role is just the latest chapter in 25 years of diverse experience working at the Goddard Space Flight Center, including serving on the Hubble Space Telescope’s last three servicing missions before changing roles to work in search and rescue. Lisa holds a master’s degree in Physics at The Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Maryland, College Park; in 2017, she was named among the top four finalists for a People's Choice Award for her work.

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