Christopher Parma serves as a project manager, webmaster, and the lab photographer for the Space Systems Research Lab (SSRL). As a project manager, he assists in various tasks pertaining to the lab’s development of a reliable cube satellite bus. These include mission requirement design, solar cell characterization, and lab recruiting. As webmaster, he works with the business division to keep the lab website up to date. As lab photographer, Parma documents important milestones in the lab and is responsible for taking formal pictures.
Prior to serving in his current positions, Parma worked with the communications subsystem doing research into the potential implementation of a software defined radio (SDR) on future missions. He also assisted on smaller lab projects, including testing solar cell output, soldering, and documenting procedures for component testing within the lab’s vacuum chamber.
Parma was born in Houston, TX, growing up only a few miles from NASA’s Johnson Space Center. This proximity, along with his exposure to the space program through his father’s work, helped spur Parma’s interest in space from a young age. He graduated from Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in 2016, where he played trumpet in the concert and jazz bands, was a photographer for the yearbook, co-founded the Jeopardy Club, and was captain of the ultimate frisbee team.
Parma is expected to graduate in the spring of 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Engineering Mathematics from Parks College at Saint Louis University. Currently he is seeking future internships to gain further experience in industry and prepare him for a career as an engineer.