JPL Roboticist Receives Trailblazer Award
Vandi Tompkins was recently honored by Leadership California, a nonpartisan network of more than 1300 women leaders dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women in the state. Tompkins was honored at the organization’s Legacy of Leadership Awards event April 29 in Los Angeles. She was presented with the Trailblazer Award, which honors women leaders who are pioneers in their field and exemplify a spirit of exploration, passion and groundbreaking achievement that leads the way for others. A senior driver of the Mars Curiosity rover, Tompkins has been at JPL since 2007. She has been a member of the Mars Exploration Rovers integrated sequencing team and Curiosity’s integrated motor control testing team.
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