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NASA coordinator to give lecture

September 25, 1997

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Matt Wallace, NASA coordinator for the Mars Pathfinder Mission, will be a featured speaker at Mount Saint Mary's College Thursday, Oct. 2.

Wallace's lecture will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium inside the Coad Science Building. The event is open to the public with free admission and parking.

Wallace, a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, has led the team of engineers and scientists responsible for integration, testing, launching and operating the Rover vehicle on the surface of Mars since the spacecraft landed July 4, 1993.

Wallace's assignments have included technical management and lead systems engineering positions on both the Lander spacecraft and Rover design teams.

Wallace served for more than five years as a line officer in the U.S. Submarine Force, including more than three years on the fast-attack submarine, USS Albuquerque. He received his master's degree in electrical engineering at California Institute of Technology.

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Wallace accepted a position at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory following his graduate work in 1991.

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