Steven Jenkins is a Principal Engineer in the Systems Engineering Division of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. He has served in various roles during a 31-year career at JPL, including systems engineering for the Space Flight Operations Center, Deep Space Network, and Computer-Aided Engineering. He served as Chief Engineer and Project Manager for Enterprise Information System, a multi-year task to modernize the laboratory’s information technology infrastructure. He served on the systems engineering teams for Project Prometheus and NASA’s Project Constellation. Since 2009 he has as served as the Chief Engineer for Integrated Model-Centric Engineering, a laboratory-funded initiative to improve systems engineering practice through rigorous application of precise language, mathematical abstractions, and automation.
Dr. Jenkins holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Millsaps College, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (control systems) from University of California, Los Angeles. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Anesthesiology, UCLA School of Medicine. He was awarded the Ralph and Marjorie Crump Prize for Excellence in Medical Engineering at UCLA in 1987, a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1999, a JPL Mariner Award in 2011, a JPL Explorer Award in 2012, and a NASA Systems Engineering Excellence Award in 2013.