Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

SPRL Engineers

John Eder

John Eder

Research Project Engineer

Safety Manager

Office: 1113 SRB
Phone: 936-0523
Fax: 763-5567


Bachelor of Science Engineering, University of Michigan

Ann Arbor



Spaceflight materials, processes, contamination control, quality assurance, EEE parts, safety.


Personal Introduction

  • Flight Instruments 
    • NATE, NACE,VAE (EEE Parts Coordinator)
    • PV/OETP, ONMS (Electronics R&QA Manager)
    • LANG, NACS, WATS, FPI (R&QA Manager)
    • STS-9 (SL1) ISO, IECM/MS (R&QA Manager)
    • STS-2,-3,-4 IECM/MS2 (R&QA Manager)
    • STS-34 GALILEO/NMS (Electronics R&QA Manager)
    • STS-48 UARS/HRDI (R&QA Manager)
    • TOMS/ELM FM3,4,5 (Electronics R&QA Manager)
    • STS-75 TSS-1R/SETS (R&QA Manager)
    • CASSINI/INMS, HUYGENS PROBE/GCMS (Electronics R&QA Manager)
    • TIMED/TIDI (R&QA Manager)
    • ROSETTA/ROSINA (Electronics R&QA Manaager)
    • Messenger/FIPS (R&QA Manager)
    • Phoenix/TEGA Power Supply (Electronics R&QA Manager)
    • MSL/SAM (Electronics R&QA Manager)
    • LADEE/NMS (Electronics R&QA Manager)
    • MAVEN/NGIMS (Electronics R&QA Manager)

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Manage safety, reliability and quality assurance efforts for spaceflight research spectrometers, interferometers and other instruments developed under contracts with NASA and other agencies. 
  • Interpret contract requirements, and prepare implementation plans, specifications, procedures and related documentation for work conducted at SPRL and by subcontractors. 
  • Evaluate vendors, perform source inspections, and audit assurance systems. 
  • Participate in programmatic and technical meetings in-house and with sponsors and subcontractors. 
  • Conduct training classes in technical skill areas. 
  • Inspect and critique hardware built by technical staff, assign rework, and provide input to managment on workmanship quality. 
  • Perform assurance tasks in areas of parts, materials, and processes, and quality systems such as non-conformance control, configuration managment, procurement and property control. 
  • Administrative functions include preparing schedules, cost estimates, status reports and supervision of the Parts Department.

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • 2007 College of Engineering Excellence in Staff Service Award Winner 
  • University of Michigan "M-Quality" Team Leader Training
  • NASA GSFC WM-001B (ANSI S20.20) ESD Control Level B Instructor
  • NASA-STD-8739.3 Hand Soldering Inspector
  • NASA-STD-8739.4 Surface Mount Technology Inspector
  • NASA-STD-8739.1 Staking & Conformal Coating Inspector
  • Engineering Documentation Control CEE training

Professional Service

Member, American Society for Quality Control

Updated: 2015-04-27