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Jagan joined UMAC/CP&E in August 2009. As a Lead Mechanical Engineer, he is responsible for the overall design and integration of the payload "ISSAC" to meet NASA standards and requirements. He designed the ISSAC Imaging System Assembly (ISA2) which uses a tuned passive visco-elastic system to provide the vibration isolation and absorption needed to prevent the excessive jitter in the ISSAC images. He is also responsible for the overall payload operations of ISSAC and AEROCam. Other duties include recruiting, training, and managing a student team of operators; following NASA protocols and procedures to develop online operational planning products; directing commanding efforts to acquire ground imagery in response to end user (farmers, ranchers, educators) requests; evaluating telemetry, assessing system status, and resolving flight and ground system problems; and directing image processing activities for generation and delivery of data products to end users, ensuring data request fulfillment.
Jagan received his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Dakota in 2008, and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India in 2005.
During his M.S. degree, he worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Engineering team at UND from 2007-2009. As a Research Assistant, Jagan worked on multiple research projects developing small UAV payloads for agricultural and surveillance applications. His research includes Precision Pointing and Tracking Systems, and developing autonomous target tracking algorithms (for Multi-Axis Gimbal) based on aircraft's position and altitude information.
Prior to his M.S. degree, he also worked as a Mechanical Design Engineer in an automobile industry in India from 2005-2006, where he was responsible for product design and development, material selection, problem solving, and product transition from design to manufacturing.