Dr. Stacey W. Boland, BS ’00, is a principal systems engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is the Project Systems Engineer for the Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols Earth Venture Instrument. She is also the Operations Lead for the JPL Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally (VITAL) project which resulted in two ventilator designs being granted Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stacey previously served as the Project Systems Engineer for the Deep Space Optical Communication project, the Project Systems Engineer for ISS-RapidScat, the Observatory System Engineer for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) Earth System Science Pathfinder mission, and as a member of the Project Systems Engineering team for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory. Dr. Boland recently completed service on the Steering Committee for the Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space for the National Academies. Stacey was awarded NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2009 and 2015 and a NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal in 2019.

The Comet Corner Series, created by the UT Dallas Office of Research and in partnership with the schools across our campus, hosts chats with some of our notable alumni to hear how they have taken their research out into the world and made #UTDResearchImpact.