NASA Engineer Carissa Tudryn Weber '96

Engineer Carissa Tudryn Weber ’96 Named 2014 Distinguished Alumna

Carissa Tudryn Weber ’96 will be honored as the 2014 Distinguished Alumna at Stoneleigh-Burnham School’s Reunion Weekend June 20-22.

On Saturday, June 21, Weber will be presented with the 2014 Distiguished Alumna Award at a dinner on the Stoneleigh-Burnham School campus. Weber will deliver remarks about her experience at Stoneleigh-Burnham School and her academic and professional career.

Weber, SBS class of 1996, is currently a systems engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, whose career includes working at NASA on the Mars Rover “Curiosity,” which successfully touched down on the Red Planet in 2012. She is currently working on a mission called Euclid, which is a telescope that will orbit between the earth and the sun and is expected to launch in 2020. Euclid is historic for two reasons. It is the first dark energy and dark matter mission. Secondly, it’s a European Space Agency Mission with NASA collaboration. Weber is the Detector System Engineer and Engineering Technical Authority in the Flight Instrument Detectors Group for Euclid.

Weber, 35, grew up in Sunderland, MA. She attended Stoneleigh-Burnham School for grades 9-12, graduating in 1996. In 2000, she earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering degree at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Then, she went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, where she earned a double Master of Science in both Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering in 2004.

The Stoneleigh-Burnham School Distinguished Alumna Award was created in 2010 to honor one alumna each year who has distinguished herself in her personal or professional life, in her intellectual pursuits, or in her dedication to service of community, country or society. The award also serves to inspire the entire Stoneleigh-Burnham School community to strive “to become their best selves” in their pursuit of a meaningful life.

Currently, Weber lives in Pasadena, CA, with her husband, Alexis Weber, Ph.D., a Microdevices Engineer in the Superconducting Materials and Devices Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and their two sons.