Jessica Marquez

Expertise: Human-Systems Integration, Space Human Factors Engineering, Human-Automation/Robotics Interaction, Human-Computer Interaction, Analog Operations

Affiliation: NASA Ames Research Center
Certification/Education: Ph.D. (Human-Systems Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
S.M. (Aeronautics/Astronautics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S.E. (Mechanical Engineering), Princeton University

BASALT Research Objectives

Jessica’s focus is on understanding the capabilities necessary to enable science-driven exploration, so that future astronauts and mission controllers will have the tools to operate autonomously. Jessica is part of the Minerva team that will develop and field test planning and scheduling tools for BASALT.


Since 2007, Dr. Marquez has been working at the NASA Ames Research Center within the Human Systems Integration Division. As part of the Human Computer Interaction Group, she has supported the development and deployment of various instances of SPIFe (Scheduling & Planning Interface For exploration), the planning and scheduling software tool for several space missions. She has specifically led the PLATO and Score projects for mission control operators of the International Space Station. She is now part of the team that develops Playbook, a mobile timeline viewer and execution software tool. Dr. Marquez is also the current Discipline Scientist for the Human Research Program. Her expertise guides the research direction for the Risk of Inadequate Design of Human and Automation/Robotics Integration.

Her previous projects at NASA include work with training simulators, human spaceflight mission safety/assurance systems, and informal education human spaceflight outreach.