Rishabh Maharaja

Chief Technology Officer/Board Member/Prof Capitol Tech University, Laurel, MD

Mr. Rishabh Maharaja is an adjunct professor at Capitol Technology University (CTU) in the Astronautical Engineering Department. Mr. Maharaja has over 13 years of teaching experience at CTU. Mr. Maharaja is the concept developer and a founding member of CTU’s Space Flight Operations Training Center (SFOTC). From 2014-2021, Mr. Maharaja advised on a CUBESAT project at CTU. In addition, from 2014-2018, Mr. Maharaja was the Principal Investigator of Project Hermes at CTU where he led the development and launch of three of CTU’s sounding rocket payloads from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility as a part of the ROCKSAT-X program. Mr. Maharaja owns a Patent in IP-Based Satellite Command, Control and Data Transfer.

Mr Maharaja is currentlyMr. Maharaja has served as Systems Review Manager (SRM) in the Systems Review Office (SRO) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Mr. Maharaja has over 13 years of experience at GSFC in Flight Operations, Ground Systems Development, Systems Engineering, Mission Operations Assurance Engineering (MOAE), and Software Assurance Engineering (SAE). From 2018-2023, Mr. Maharaja was the lead MOAE for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), Space Science Mission Operations (SSMO), and Capture Control Return Sample (CCRS). From 2010-2018, working for Honeywell/KBRwyle, Mr. Maharaja served as the Deputy Flight Operations Team Lead on the Earth Observing 1 (EO-1), and Fermi Gamma Ray Telescope (FGST) Missions.

Mr. Maharaja earned an Associate in Applied Sciences Engineering in Electronics Engineering Technology in 2010, a Bachelors in Astronautical Engineering and a Masters of Science in Astronautical Engineering, in 2013, all from CTU. He also earned a Masters of International Policy and Practice from the George Washington University in 2021 with a focus on Space Policy, Space Law, Human Health in Space, Space Economics, and Conflict Resolution.

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