STEM Professional of the week

Marco A. Lassus      
National Air and Space Intelligence Center

With a contagious enthusiasm for developing innovative methods in engineering, science and technology, Marco Lassus is currently an electronic engineer for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) in Dayton, Ohio - the primary Department of Defense (DoD) producer of foreign air and space intelligence.

Marco was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico – the island’s vibrant capital and largest city. Shortly after graduating high school, Marco decided to attend the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, 100 miles outside of his hometown. In 2003, Marco received the news that he would be one of the recipients of the NASA Hispanic Explorers Award Scholarship – a prestigious scholarship given to outstanding students from around the nation. Marco, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a year later began his government career.

He began his career as a spectral analyst, a position that requires analysts to perform intelligence of collected spectral dates using highly specialized complex tools, at the Advanced Geospatial Analysis Flight. Marco quickly learned the basis to become one of the experts in the radar signal processing area. In 2008, Marco was appointed as a Space Object Analyst of NASIC MASINT Flight. It was during this time that he mentored a multi-national team of engineers and technicians in radar signal processing and also originated innovative ideas on how to enhance radar signals.

Today, Marco works as an engineer and radar analyst in at NASIC’s Electronic Analysis Squadron, Ground Radar Flight, where his primary responsibility is to analyze foreign military ground radars and report his findings to support national policy making, DoD acquisition decisions and world-wide operational users. His efforts have direct impacts to the decision making process at the highest levels of United States national security apparatus.

Marco is an active member of the Hispanic Heritage Committee and has worked extensively to expand the Hispanic engineering community membership in the U.S. Air Force. He is currently working on a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

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