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Prior to Rover Landing on Mars, West Virginia Wesleyan College to Host Virtual Conversation with Wesleyan Alumni, NASA Engineer of MEDLI2

Jan 21, 2021

-Christopher Kuhl ‘93 Integral to United States’ Mission to Mars-

BUCKHANNON, WV – Just days away from its landing on Mars, West Virginia Wesleyan College will host one of its own, Christopher Kuhl ‘93, Chief Engineer for NASA’s MEDLI2 Project,  for a virtual conversation to preview the upcoming landing of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover. His work on the Mars Entry, Descent, and Landing Instrumentation 2 (MEDLI2) project is part of the Mars 2020 mission to monitor the extreme conditions of the Aeroshell that protects the rover as it enters Mars atmosphere. Kuhl will participate in a classroom conversation with Dr. Albert Popson, Wesleyan Physics Professor, on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. The virtual conversation is free and open to the public; to attend, RSVP to by February 1.

“I look forward to engaging with Wesleyan students and sharing our work to reach Mars and push the limits of space exploration,” said Kuhl, who has worked with NASA since 2000 and helped bring MEDLI2 to life.

In addition to transporting the Mars Perseverance 2020 Rover to Mars, where it is slated to land on February 18, Kuhl’s work on MEDLI2 will collect data during the Rover’s entry through the red planet’s atmosphere.

“This is an exciting opportunity to highlight one of our alumni and the game-changing work he has undertaken at NASA,” Popson said. “Wesleyan is very proud of Chris’ achievements and are looking forward to sharing this unique event with our Wesleyan students.”

The virtual conversation, which is presented by Wesleyan’s Office of Development, will be broadcast by Zoom, an online video platform, and free and open to the public. To RSVP, please email


West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2021 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit