Hilary Justh

Hilary Justh(1992)


The Pennsylvania State University B.S. with honors in Earth
Sciences, May 1997, M.S. in Geosciences, December 2003, The
University of Colorado at Boulder M.S. in Astrophysical, Planetary
and Atmospheric Sciences, May 2000

Employer/Job Title

NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)
Scientist (Aerospace Technologist), Flight Vehicle Atmospheric
Environments, Natural Environments Branch


Member of the Flight Operations Support Team for Space Shuttle launches (at MSFC), Member of Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Council of Atmospheres, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) aerobraking support participated in the MRO Atmospheric Advisory
Group (AAG), Received NASA Group Achievement Awards for work on the Mars Aerocapture System Study and MRO aerobraking.


PGSS was a highlight of my high school career and I have many wonderful memories of my time spent at Carnegie Mellon University. To be surrounded by other students, faculty and counselors that all were as excited about science as I was a very unique experience for me.Through PGSS, I was able to participate in physics research, take classes that were above and beyond the level that was taught in my high school, and become friends with many like-minded students. PGSS gave me the first taste of what it would be like to pursue a degree in the sciences and provided the encouragement to continue to work through my senior year at Lock Haven High School, graduate, and attend the University Scholars Program at Penn State University. Since attending PGSS, I have earned a bachelors degree with honors in Earth Sciences from Penn State University and obtained a masters degree in Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a masters degree in Geosciences from the Penn State University. I am currently a scientist with NASA working at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. I truly believe that the PGSS program was one of the many vital steps that I took as a high school and college student that led to the position that I have today.