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Mabson, Marcel

Marcel Mabson

Adjunct Professor, Astronautical Engineering


Professor Marcel Mabson was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and moved to Maryland in the early 1990’s. At an early age, Professory Mabson would read everything he could on star formations, NASA history, and spacecraft development and operations, and could be found outside on very cold December nights with my telescope observing star cluster, variable stars, and planets (Bonus info: he could also name every NASA space shuttle, the date each was built and their first launch.). Professor Mabson graduated Mergenthaler Vo-Tech High School in 2005 and began his freshmen year at Capitol Technology University in Astronautical Engineering (AE).  In the fall of 2006, he was selected to intern at the Space Operations Institute (SOI), where his first job was to act as a flight controller for the TOMS mission.  Professor Mabson continued his internship with the SOI until he graduated from Capitol in 2010. After graduation he was hired full time by the Hammers Company where his job includes software release testing, software training, and providing on-site to mission operations during development and early launch operations. In early 2016 the Hammers Company donated software and equipment to establish the Space Flight Operations Training Center (SFOTC) at Capitol Tech, and Professor Mabson led the effort to install, configure, and test the initial release at the university. It was then, that Professor Mabson's mentor, Prof. Walters (a previous AE department chair) hired him for his current role as an Adjunct Professor for Autonomous Ground Systems. Professor Mabson also provides mentorship to AE students both academically and as they enter professional life. Professor Mabson married his wife in 2018 and we welcomed their first child, Grace, in 2019. Professor Mabson continues to support the university by providing open tours, supporting AE initiatives, and general outreach. 



  • B.S. in Astronautical Engineering

Courses Taught

  • AE-350: Autonomous ground systems
  • AE-250: Ground Systems Engineering (co-teach with Prof.  Maharaja)

Areas of Expertise

  • Spacecraft Flight Operations
  • Systems Engineering
  • Ground Systems Integration and Test
  • Spacecraft Simulations

Professional Achievements

  • NASA achievement for the Landsat 8 mission

​​​​​​​Honors and Awards

  • 2018-2019 Faculty Service award ​​​​​​​


Volunteer/Service experience

  • Volunteer at the Science and Engineer Partnership

When Professor Mabson is not teaching, he is:

  • Spending quality time with my wife and daughter Grace
  • Grilling outdoors and visiting vineyards with my wife
  • Working on my classic 1968 Mustang and taking the family to our local car show
  • Amateur Astronomy and visiting lighthouses
  • Taking long 50 to 100 mile joyrides in my Camaro or Mustang

What good simple advice do you give to your students?

Sometimes your dream job requires you to take a position that is not your dream job and that is ok! The space industry is very complex and multiple roads can lead you to a position that can be rewarding. Following your dream is a lifetime project.