2014 NASA Honor Awards
Several JPL Robotics members are recipients of NASA Honor Awards for their accomplishments. Many were recognized for contributions to the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mars Rover. The recipients are:
Paul Backes - Exceptional Service Medal
For leading the development of autonomy for robotic manipulation and concept designs enabling future Mars and small body sampling missions.
Matthew Heverly - Exceptional Achievement Medal
For the development and operations of the MSL Rover Mobility capability.
Mark Maimone - Exceptional Achievement Medal
For the development and deployment of autonomous surface navigation for the MSL rover, enabling traverses beyond the rover’s line of sight on Mars.
Joseph Melko - Exceptional Achievement Medal
For innovation in the conception, design, and development of the MSL sampling capability.
Avi Okon - Exceptional Achievement Medal
For providing essential contributions to the development and successful operation of the MSL drill, as the Drill Cognizant engineer and Rover Planner.
Matthew Robinson - Exceptional Achievement Medal
For leading for the Mars Science Laboratory mission Robotic Arm Systems Engineering Team and contributions as the Lead Robotic Arm Rover Planner.
Vandi Tompkins - Exceptional Achievement Medal
For leading the development of MSL Surface Simulation Software that enables effective operation of the Curiosity rover on Mars.
RoboSimian Development and Operations Team - Group Achievement Award
For advances in the field of robotic mobile manipulation as executed within the development and operation of the Robosimian robot.