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Robotic Surface Mobility Group

Neil Abcouwer
Robotics Electrical Engineer
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Neil Abcouwer is a Robotics Electrical Engineer in the Robotic Mobility Group. Neil is currently working on planning and mobility for the LEMUR3 robot, which uses limb and microspines to climb cliffs and lava tubes, software and perception for the Mars Orbital Sample Transfer Technologies (MOSTT) task, for capture and processing of orbiting sample cache for Mars Sample Return, and avionics for the Athena rover upgrade.

Neil has previously worked on gecko-gripper mobility for structured space environments, electronics for Robosimians CamHand, and kinematic mobility for the Small Body Surface Sampler and Explorer (SmalBoSSE) task.

Prior to joining JPL in 2014, Neil earned his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and his M.S. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, where he researched mobile robotics for flexible assembly processes and assistant-taught courses in robotics, control theory, and electrical engineering. Neil is an EIT and is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies.

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M.S. Robotics (2014) from Carnegie Mellon University, PA

Research Area: Multi-agent manipulation for manufacturing, electronic and software design for hybrid passive-active manipulator

B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering (2013) from Carnegie Mellon University, PA

Research Area: Motor control and localization for omnidirectional mobile robots

Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Robotics Electrical Engineer, Mobility and Robotic Systems Section (2014 - Present)

The Robotics Institute: Student Researcher, Biorobotics Laboratory (2012 - 2014)

Carnegie Mellon University: Teaching Assistant (2012 - 2014)

The Boeing Company: Engineering Intern, In-Flight Entertainment (2012)

OnStar, General Motors: Intern, Advanced Systems Development (2011)

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Research Tasks:
Sampling Chain for Primitive Body Surface Sample Return

  • Robotic kinematics, dynamics, and controls
  • Software and hardware for robotic systems
  • Computer vision and sensors
  • Robot mobility

  • Frank J. Marshall Outstanding Undergraduate Award, CMU ECE Department (2013)
  • Boeing Blue Skies Award, Meeting of the Minds CMU Research Symposium (2013)
  • Andrew Carnegie Society Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon University (2012)
  • John L. Stone Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon University (2010)
  • Andrew Carnegie Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon University (2009)

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