Dr. Sengupta is an aerospace engineer and veteran of the space program. Her NASA engineering projects included her PhD research on developing the ion propulsion system for the Dawn Mission (currently in the main asteroid belt), the supersonic parachute that landed the Curiosity rover on Mars, and the Cold Atom Laboratory an atomic physics facility on the International Space Station. Most recently she led the development of the hyperloop systems architecture that will enable ground based travel in excess of airline speeds. Her next adventure is designing autonomous air taxis for urban aerial transport. Dr. Sengupta is a research associate professor of astronautics and space technology at the University of Southern California where she researches everything from flying cars to humans on Mars.
Dr. Sengupta received her MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, where she teaches spacecraft, entry, and landing system design for planetary exploration. In her spare time she is an avid pilot, motorcyclist, scuba diver, snowboarder, runner, public speaker, and science fiction fan.