interest in robots began when she watched a show about robots on
PBS. She found it fascinating to see something inanimate come to
life! This fascination led her to NASA Ames Research Center. Linda
worked at NASA as a high school student through a program called
SHARP (Summer High School Apprenticeship Program) and later worked
as a college intern through a program called SCEP (Summer Career
Experience Program). From high school through undergraduate, her
work assignments involved calibrating sensors and soldering boards
together that were to be used in various robotic platforms. In 1997,
she graduated from the University of California, Davis, with an
Electrical Engineering degree and began working full-time at NASA
Ames Research Center. All the projects Linda has worked on have
involved robots. The first robot she worked on was MEL, a robot
with a wheel chair base. Next, she worked on a robot called Marsokhod,
which has a titanium chassis made in Russia. She then began working
on the K9 and PSA robots, on which she continues to work. Following
her interest in robotics, she plans to work towards a Master's degree
in controls engineering and become more involved with software development
on robotic platforms.
received a B.S. in mechanical engineering (emphasis in controls
robotics) from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996. As
an undergraduate, he was involved in research covering design of
composite material parts, design of human amplification mechanisms,
and finite-element modeling of bones. In 1997, he received his M.S.
in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. While at Stanford,
he concentrated on mechatronics and robotics. His current work at
JPL includes lead mechatronic design on the Legged Excursion Mechanical
Utility Robot (LEMUR), the Tactical Mobile Robot (TMR), Exploration
Technology Rover (FIDO), and the All-Terrain Explorer (ATE). Brett
recently joined the design team for the Mars Exploration Rovers,
twin rovers that will be sent to Mars in 2003.
is a student at De Anza High School in Richmond, CA. He has been
involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition, Botball and other events.
Marcus has participated in the NASA SENSORS program and and was
a SHARP summer intern.
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