Illustration of NASA's Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) on the surface of the Moon

Jay Trimble

VIPER Mission systems manager

Education: University of Southern California, master’s degree in computer science
Hometown: Berkeley, California
What inspired you to join NASA? The Apollo Moon landings.
Accomplishment most proud of: Work-life balance.

Jay Trimble is a computer scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. Jay is the founder of NASA’s Open Mission Control Technologies project, an open-source visualization toolset providing new technologies for mission control that will also be used on VIPER. Jay has worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the lead operations director for Space Radar Laboratory, which flew two successful missions on the space shuttle Endeavour. He also worked as a mission controller for the space shuttle at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and was a member of the science operations support team for the Voyager 2 spacecraft's encounter with Neptune. In his free time, he enjoys tennis and scuba diving.