MEET: CAGATAY (MURAT) AYMERGEN, WEBB TELESCOPE MID-INFRARED INSTRUMENT SYSTEMS ENGINEER
Cagatay (Murat) Aymergen works part-time with the James Webb Space Telescope as the Mid-Infrared (MIRI) Instrument systems engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center until August 2012 while he moves to his new spot as an instrument systems engineer with the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS).
Murat will focus on JPSS' Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), which will provide critical weather, climate, and other environmental data of the earth's oceans, land, and atmosphere. He is working on his final tasks as the MIRI Systems Engineer ensuring MIRI continues on smoothly with the Integrated Science Instrument Module integration and testing program.
Murat received his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD-CP) with an emphasis on space systems. He was part of a senior design project that won first place in NASA's Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage competition. His master's degree is also from UMD-CP, in space systems design.
Murat came to U.S. at 15 years old from Turkey. He lives in Rockville, Md. with his wife Jignasha who also works for the James Webb Space Telescope. They are expecting their first child, a baby girl. He enjoys hands-on remodeling and building. He also enjoys traveling and photography.