By Rebecca Louie
When he isnâ€™t spinning at special events for Fortune 500 companies or the late-night crowd at Lounge 201 in Washington, D.C., Mark â€œDJ Scientificâ€ Branch can be found at NASAâ€”seriously.
A group leader in electromagnetic test engineering at the Goddard Space Flight Center, the two-decade NASA vet says he and his team test various satellites and instruments until, â€œwe get a nice warm, fuzzy feeling that they are going to survive in space.â€
While his science smarts propelled him through the ranks at NASA, his party smarts and hip-hop knowledge built him a solid reputation as a DJ. The aerospace engineer, who first worked the turntables at age 13, has spun for the NFL, Microsoft, D.C.â€™s Newseum, and popular D.C. nightclub Love.
Though Branch recently tied the knot, he admits the one-two power punch of rocket science and club rocking often helped with the ladies. â€œI would give them my DJ card and my NASA card,â€ he says. â€œWhen they saw that the DJ rocking the crowd was really a rocket scientist, that was hook, line, and sinker. It means I am cool and I got benefits!â€