Tina Silvia


Tina Silvia

Tina Silva (Jameson) received a B.S. and M.S. in aerospace engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2002 and 2003 respectively.  She received a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008. She is currently a Systems Engineering Manager at SSL MDA in Palo Alto, most recently responsible for BulgariaSat-1 Spacecraft which launched in June of 2017.  She has also held the roles of Propulsion Systems Lead for 10+ spacecraft, Propulsion Lead for SSL’s Mission Control, and actively participates in the Advance Product and Technology development at SSL.  Prior to her industry experience Tina was an assistant professor at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She has authored or coauthored 8 technical journal papers and over 20 conference papers. Her main research areas has been in ion and Hall thrusters and cathodes for solar electric propulsion missions. She has also been involved in electric propulsion for small spacecraft research and experimental high-lift aerodynamics research fields.