Byron grew up exploring the rugged Rocky Mountains in the summers and skiing from hut to hut in the winters. He earned his BS in Aerospace Engineering from CU Boulder and spent a semester in Seville, Spain. He's spent the last decade at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, during which he worked as a systems engineer and mission manager for two Mars missions; the Mars Exploration Rovers and the Phoenix Mars Lander. When the Phoenix Lander became encapsulated in dry ice, Byron took a job on the NuSTAR project to develop an X-ray telescope. Outside of the office, Byron spends his time traveling, developing web apps, running marathons, biking, skiing, and surfing.