Mr. Benito A. Poveda
GN&C Lead, Rocket Systems Launch Program
Member, ECE Board of Advisors
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Benito Poveda is a Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) Lead at TASC in San Bernardino, CA. Founded in 1966, TASC, Inc., helps solve complex national security and public safety challenges by providing advanced systems engineering, integration and decision-support services to the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense and civilian agencies of the federal government.
Benito is a graduate of the University of California-Riverside (UCR), where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1996. His first job was with Logicon in El Segundo, CA, where he was a systems engineer and member of the Future Architecture Network Integrated Product Team for the Air Force Satellite Control Network. Benito then transitioned to TRW in San Bernardino, CA, where was a scientist performing analysis on launch vehicles and on intercontinental ballistic missiles, officially making him a "rocket scientist." Benito held successively responsible positions, and was named the lead for all GN&C mission assurance analysis for his customer's missions. Benito transitioned to TASC as part of TRW's and later Northrop Grumman's acquisition of TASC.
STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education -- is important to Benito. He became interested in STEM when asked by his wife, a teacher, to speak to her eight-grade science class. He's also presented at the elementary level to first- and fifth-grade students, and at the university level with presentations to UCR's signals and systems classes at UCR. He also has been a guest speaker for the electrical engineering freshman seminar class at UCR, and has represented TASC at various university hiring events.
Most recently, Benito was a member of the TASC team that helped NASA with moon exploration with the launch of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE).