A Mechanical & Aerospace Engineer in practice, Mason Carney started at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 12 years ago as a test engineer for the Curiosity mars rover’s drill and sample processing system. He went on to deliver a multitude of testbeds for the follow-on Perseverance mars rover and other unmanned missions. These experiences exposed that the primary limitation for daring science was in fact logistical hurdles, not technical know-how. To that end, Mason piloted a new role for developing systems for JPL to scale up operations to its new multi-mission paradigm by adapting industry practices to the unique environment of one-of-kind science missions. This has evolved into the Production and Operations engineering team at JPL, leading the effort in streamlining processing and systems to enable more science with less time and cost

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