David Mauro


Role: Investigator

Sites: CDL-Atlanta, CDL-Oxford, CDL-Paris, CDL-Toronto

Stream: Space

David Mauro is passionate about advancing space exploration, and brings over two decades of leadership, from military command to pioneering complex space mission concepts.

In his first career in the Italian Navy and Italian Marines, David led the navigation team of an Italian warship during a six-month deployment to East Timor, commanded a military outpost on an Albanian Island, and directed the daily military operations and logistical activities of a taskforce of 160 marines in support of multinational military operations in Iraq.

In 2010, David started supporting NASA’s vision of exploring the secret of the universe for the benefit of all, initially as a service support contractor, and since 2021 as a government official. David has led several space missions concepts developments for the exploration of the Solar System, including missions to Europa, Mars and to study the solar wind turbulence with the HelioSwarm mission.

Currently, as the deputy chief for the Ames Research Center spaceflight division, David and his team are responsible for providing leadership in cost effective spaceflight missions for NASA from concept design through mission development, hardware design, development, test, execution, and operations.

David has a Global Executive MBA from Rotman School of Management and SDA Bocconi, a master’s in space studies from the International Space University, a master’s in satellite systems for communication and navigation from the University of Rome “Tor- Vergata,” a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Pisa, and a bachelor’s and master’s in maritime and naval sciences from the Italian Naval Academy/University of Pisa.