Rebecca Masterson

Principal Research Scientist
Co-Director, Space Systems Lab
Pronouns She/Hers
There are a pair of asteroids out there named after me and my husband: 120351 Beckymasterson and 120352 Gordonwong.

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Administrative Contact

Corrine Giordani

Financial Contact

Jei Lee Freeman

Specialization and Research Interests

My research group focuses broadly on the areas of system engineering, integrated modeling, uncertainty management, and instrument design. I work at the intersections of academia and industry and engineering and science. Our work transitions cutting-edge systems engineering and pioneering analysis methodologies into use on scientific hardware and instrumentation, both in space and on the ground. Areas of interest include instrument design integration, test dynamics and controls, integrated modeling, uncertainty propagation, analysis control structure interactions, model-based-systems systems engineering, and flexible design.

Teaching Interests

Spacecraft systems engineering, working with space flight hardware, MATLAB skills, and Structural dynamics and analysis

Academic Degrees

S.B. 1997 MIT, S.M 1999 MIT, Ph.D 2004 MIT

Positions Held at MIT

Postdoctoral Associate, 2011 – 2012; Research Engineer, 2012 – 2018; Principal Research Scientist, 2018 – present

Positions Held outside MIT

Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, senior engineer, 2005-2011 BAE Systems Advanced Information Technology, senior engineer, 2004-2005 TRW Space & Electronics Group, structural dynamicist, 1999-2000

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Awards & Honors

PI Award of Distinction, OSIRIS-REx Mission
Infinite Kilometer Award, MIT School of Science

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