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Robot Operations Group
Julie A. Townsend
Robotics Systems Engineer
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M.S. (2000) Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
S.B. (1998) Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mars Science Laboratory, 2008 and 2014 - Present
Engineering Operations Team Chief and Deputy, Robotic Arm Systems Engineer
Mars Sample Return R&D, 2012 – 2015
Operability Expert, Systems Engineer
Mars Exploration Rovers, 2001 – 2014
Rover Planner Team Lead, Tactical Uplink Lead, Avionics Systems Engineer
ATHLETE Prototype Lunar Rover, 2005 – 2012
System Test Lead, Mobility and Manipulation Software Developer
360-Degree Camera Head for Unmanned Sea Surface Vehicle, 2009
Mechanical design and fabrication
Robotics R&D, 2004 – 2005
Systems Engineer and Software Developer

Technical Experience:
• Flight System development, V&V, and launch, cruise, and surface operations
• Research robotics development, assembly, test, and field demonstration
• Robotic arm workspace, effectiveness, and operability analyses
• Mobility and manipulation algorithm development, test, debug, and parameter tuning
• Research hardware design, fabrication, assembly, and delivery - watertight
• Remote and realtime operation of robotic systems
• Fault Protection algorithm development and V&V
• Systems Engineering: trade studies, complexity management, interface management, performance assessment, problem resolution, infrastructure management, risk and criticality assessment

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Flight Projects:
2011 - Mars Science Laboratory
2003 - Mars Exploration Rover

Research Tasks:
ATHLETE: Rough and Steep Terrain Lunar Surface Mobility
Automated Assembly and Reconfiguration of Future Large-Scale Space Systems
AWIMR: Autonomous Walking Inspection and Maintenance Robot
DARE: Distributed & Re-Taskable Electronics
In Space Robotic Assembly and Maintenance

NASA Group Award: MER Avionics Team (2004)
NASA Group Award: MER Project Operations Team (2004)
NASA Group Award: ATHLETE Development Team (2007)
NASA Group Award: Research and Technology Studies 2006 Team (2007)
NASA Group Award: MER 3rd and 4th Extended Mission Team (2008)
NASA Group Award: MER R9.3 Flight Software Team (2010)
NASA Group Award: Intelligent Autonomy for Unmanned Vehicles Team (2011)
NASA Group Award: MSL Surface Sampling and Science Systems Team (2013)
NASA Group Award: MER Science and Operations Team (2014)

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