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4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91101
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347B
Robotic Vehicles and Manipulators Group

Kalind Carpenter
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Biography (more>>)
Kalind is a Robotics Engineer in the Robotic Vehicles and Manipulators Group. (347B) The lab he works in focuses on rapid technology development and end effectors specifically tailored to gripping and rough surface mobility.
His current work includes designing a hand for Robosimian, an asteroid gripper for an asteroid return mission and a palm sized smooth to rough surface wheeled climbing reconnaissance robot.
He completed his thesis work on rotary microspine rough surface mobility at JPL while attending CSULA. This was through the master’s thesis program which he conceived and helped to create. This program is currently growing beyond CSULA to include Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA and possibly Harvey Mud.
His thesis research has led to a patent application and continued research into palm sized climbing platforms.
He ultimately wants to help enable exploration of asteroids, comets and moons. Also caves, lava tubes, cliffs and underwater environments throughout the solar system.

Education (more>>)
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, CSULA
B.S. Industrial Design, ASU

Professional Experience (more>>)
Feb 2014 – Present: JPL, Robotics Mechanical Engineer
June 2012 – Feb 2014: JPL, Robotics Intern
Oct 2011 – June 2012: NASA URC Program at CSULA, NASA Student Research

Research Interests (more>>)
Extreme environment exploration, end effectors, bio mimicry, microspine gripping, additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping.

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