Dr. Nahum Melamed is a project leader in the Embedded Control Systems Department in the Guidance and Control Subdivision at The Aerospace Corporation, a position he has held since 2003. As a technical lead in Launch Vehicle Software, Melamed coordinates and guides a team of interdepartmental technical experts, and supports validation and mission readiness certification of the flight software and mission parameters for NASA’s Artemis missions. He serves as the management, program office, customer, and contractor point of contact in the flight software area. In his work, Melamed monitors flight operations on day of launch, performs post-flight analyses, and participates in discussions concerning launch performance.
During his tenure at Aerospace, Melamed has demonstrated a corporate educational standard for knowledge and competency in space systems engineering. He conducts planetary defense technical and policy studies, co-chairs planetary defense conferences, serves on exercise organizing committees, speaks at these venues, and supports science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) events.
Melamed earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Awards and Honors
Melamed was honored by The Aerospace University (TAU) for leading the development of a web-based asteroid deflection application jointly with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and instructing a TAU planetary defense class utilizing the tool. Upon successfully completing the corporation’s certificate program, Melamed was awarded the Aerospace Systems Architecting Engineering Certificate.
Melamed is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.