Jonathan Hicks earned a Master of Computer Science and Engineering degree in 2014 from Christopher Newport University. During his collegiate career he held intern positions at the MITRE corporation and with NASA DEVELOP. MITRE works across the whole of government through federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) and public-private partnerships to tackle difficult problems. NASA DEVELOP is a national program which is part of NASA’s Applied Sciences Program, that addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects that apply the lens of NASA Earth observations to community concerns around the globe, bridging the gap between NASA Earth Science and society.
At NASA he’s held a wide variety of responsibilities. For SAGE III on ISS, he has served as a Linux Systems Administrator, Ground Support Specialist, Networking Specialist, and Data Integrity Analyzer. He also flies missions as an Instrument Operator, Systems Programmer, and Hardware Specialist for the Act-America ACES Lidar instrument.
Outside of work, Jonathan maintains a long list of hobbies and interests that he shares with his wife, son, and daughter. He often dabbles in building custom quadcopters, RC cars, and model airplanes. He’s also a novice woodworker, a gardener, and a car mechanic when necessary. His primary hobby could be described as ‘learning new hobbies’. He acquires new skills so that he can grow his tool collection and future abilities.