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Adit graduated from Cornell University in 2001 and 2002, with a B.S. and M.Eng, respectively, in Electrical Engineering. During his time there, he focused on communications and signal processing, having done his Masters research on an implementation of speech based authentication using cepstral analysis. He also spent 2004-2007 as a PhD student at the University of Southern California, researching computer vision and machine learning using tensor voting.
Adit has worked in the embedded system domain for most of his career. Prior to his abbreviated stint as a PhD student, he spent 2 years at Texas Instruments as a Field Applications Engineer working on a variety of video and image processing applications with TI's C6000 family of DSPs.
In his first stint at JPL from 2007 to 2014, he was in Section 332, working on software for a variety of communications flight and R&D projects. This included multiple releases of the Electra radio software for MRO and MAVEN, optical communications research, and the Deep Space Atomic Clock.
In 2014, Adit joined Facebook to work on software systems for their Connectivity initiatives, primarily focused on the Aquila solar powered airplane. In his 5+ years at Facebook, he managed a variety of teams that included connectivity projects, and then a network software team that developed the hardware control (BMC) for their in-house designed network switches, as well as a network test infrastructure team that build hardware and software solution for automated networking tests.
Prior to his return to JPL in 2023, he spent a little over 2 years as the Director of Integrated Software at Relativity Space, where he was head of software for the company. His teams were responsible for software systems that supported their 3d printers, the ground software that controlled engine test stand and launch infrastructure, data infrastructure, and flight software.