Neil Pignatano, Class of 1973

Neil, a real-life rocket scientist, grew up in Meiers Corners and graduated from St. Rita’s Grammar School. During his days at Farrell he was involved in various groups and activities, including freshman track and the Dance Committee. He helped out in the Chemistry Lab, and was on the staff of the Cornerstone, serving as assistant editor.

A four-year honor student, he won a NEDT Letter of Merit and a NMSQT Letter of Commendation.

Following his graduation, he went on to receive a B.S. degree in physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

In 1979 he joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.

Involved in many planetary and astronomical projects, he became the Technical Group Supervisor for a multitude of projects with NASA, as well as the Project Element Manager for AirMISR, which is shorthand for The Airborne Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer.

He has written extensively on a myriad of topics involving geoscience and the aeronautical and space industries.

Neil is president and CEO of his own consulting firm, Cyboarg Enterprises LLC, which specializes in national defense and space projects both in Florida and California.

He currently makes his home in Cape Coral, Florida

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