Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Jay Vaidya


Jay Vaidya's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.286.0981
Org Code: 699
Mail Code 699
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

I am ground systems engineer for flight missions at Goddard. My primary interest is to build hardware and software for mass spectrometers. A few of the missions that I am working on are SEAL, LEMS, GDC, DISSIPATION, and GDC. Some of those missions are already launched. I build mass spectrometers that fly to the Moon and the planet Mars to study the relative abundance of atmospheric constituents such as N2, O2, CO2, Ar, etc.

I also worked for the astrophysics department where my work was focused on building an atomic layer deposition reactor to deposit special kinds of films in order to construct a mirror for imaging galactic halos.

Prior to working for Goddard, I was a graduate student researcher at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. I researched solving NP-Hard problems using the electrical circuit approach. Also, my initial exposure to the research field was during my days at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research where I was involved in researching nano-scale devices for studying device physics.


Electrical Engineer

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Goddard, Maryland

May 2022 - Present

Application Development Engineer

Applied Materials Inc. - Santa Clara, CA

January 2022 - April 2022

Graduate Student Researcher

University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA

August 2019 - December 2021

I was working at UVA as a graduate student to solve NP-Hard problems using analog oscillator circuits. During my time at UVA, I have attempted to solve a few NP-Hard problems, including Max-Cut and Max-SAT.

Junior Research Fellow

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research - Mumbai, India

May 2016 - June 2019

I worked at TIFR with a team of researchers to build nano-electronic superconducting devices.

Research Scientist

Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) / NASA GSFC - Greenbelt, Maryland

May 2021 - December 2021


Master of Engineering (2021), University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Bachelors of Engineering (B.E.) in Electronics Engineering, KJSCE, Mumbai, India