Jon Mefford

Jon holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas, and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii. He started his career working as a software test engineer on the Space Shuttle program for over three years before moving to Hawaii to pursue his graduate degree in mechanical engineering, with a focus on control systems for marine robotics. During this time, he became involved with GFOE and participated in the INDEX 2010 Expedition in Indonesia and supported several other expeditions aboard the Okeanos Explorer. In 2013 he returned to full time work in the aerospace industry as an integration and test engineer on the Orion spacecraft, but resumed occasional support of GFOE expeditions in 2017. After almost 8.5 years working on Orion, he decided to join the GFOE mechanical engineering team on a more regular basis in 2021 and beyond. He is excited to bring his experience and passion for space and ocean exploration to the group and contribute to fulfilling the mission. Jon currently resides in Denver, Colorado.