YUAA Sponsors Talk by SpaceX Engineer John Muratore ’79


The CEID was buzzing this past Wednesday to hear Yale alumnus,  John Muratore ’79, talk about his experience in the aerospace industry. Muratore opened by talking about his experience with Signals and System, and electrical engineering class still offered at Yale. He struggled through the class, but by its end it decided engineering wasn’t so bad and went on to major in electrical engineering. He encouraged students to stick with the subject if they enjoy it and worry less about grades.

After joining the Air Force out of college, Muratore worked for NASA where he held a number of titles including Program Manager of the X-38 project. This program worked to design a better crew return vehicle. Muratore encouraged the team to use rapid prototyping, working to make the vehicle and the design process cheaper and more efficient. He took a similar stance when, working as Mission Control Center Division Chief at JSC, he led a transformation of the control center to accommodate the International Space Station.

After teaching at University of Tennessee Space Institute for a period of time, Muratore began working for SpaceX in 2011. He recently served as Launch Chief Engineer for the sixth flight of the Falcon 9 in December of 2013 launching the SES-8 satellite and for the seventh flight of the Falcon 9 in January 2014 launching the Thaicom-6 satellite.

Read more about the talk here.