Hall of Distinction Class of 2014-2015

Keith Comeaux, PhD earned his bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from LSU in 1989. He then went on to earn his masters and doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University. His research focused on aerothermodynamics and computational fluid dynamics. Keith joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2006 to lead Curiosity’s entry, descent and landing validation effort. On Aug. 5, 2012, Curiosity landed on Mars with Keith serving as flight director. Keith also completed his MBA at UCLA. Keith and his wife, Cecilia, and their two children live in Redondo Beach, CA.