By Rebecca Louie
When he isn’t spinning at special events for Fortune 500 companies or the late-night crowd at Lounge 201 in Washington, D.C., Mark “DJ Scientific” Branch can be found at NASA—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, “we get a nice warm, fuzzy feeling that they are going to survive in space.”
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.’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. “I would give them my DJ card and my NASA card,” he says. “When 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!”