Ed was born and raised in New Orleans, receiving B.S in Mathematics
from the University
of New Orleans in 1966. But then he left his past, and his accent,
behind and took the
leap to Southern California, where he got a Masters in Applied Math
at Caltech (1968).
From there it was a short hop to JPL, where he has served as a
software developer for
over 37 years. During that time, Ed worked on both Navigation
software and Mission Design
software. He has supported many missions, including some Mariner
flights, Pioneer Venus,
Viking, Galileo, and Stardust. Most recently he has focused on low
optimization software and supported a variety of mission analysis
tools, including the
atmospheric entry program AEPL used by Stardust.
Ed has taken an active interest in extracurricular activities at
JPL, including the running club,
hiking club, softball, awards programs, and mentoring programs. He
also teaches a calculus
class at Pasadena City College.
Ed and his wife, Jean (an administrator in MGSS) live in North
Glendale. They are
beginning to research places to live after retirement. Who knows:
Ed may end up
back in the South. Texas? Georgia? Tennessee? Or maybe right
here in good ole
SoCal. Time will tell.
November 26, 2003