Dr. Parness received two Bachelor of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Stanford University. Currently, he performs research on the attachment interfaces between robotic systems and their surrounding environment, working primarily on climbing robots and robotic grippers. An expert in novel methods of prototype manufacturing, Dr. Parness has experience in microfabrication, polymer prototyping, and traditional machining (both manual and CNC). He has also worked on mechanical part design and mechatronic systems during his career.
2010 PhD Mech. Eng. Stanford University
2006 MS Mech. Eng. Stanford University
2004 BS Mech. Eng. MIT
2004 BS Creative Writing (Lit. minor) MIT
2000 Illinois Math and Science Academy
2006 Tsinghua University, China
2003 Oxford University, England
Dr. Parness is the principal investigator on several research projects at JPL focused on extreme terrain mobility, led the gripper development of the Asteroid Redirect Mission, works in the formulation of Discovery and New Frontiers Mission Proposals, and leads innovation and technology initiatives for the Office of the Chief Technologist and the Space Technology Program.
Dr. Parnesss current research interests include anchoring systems for Near Earth Objects, where there is virtually no gravity, climbing robots for natural terrain including cliff faces and cave ceilings, micro ground vehicles (<100 grams) with dynamic mobility, and new methods of robotic manipulation that do not rely on traditional friction-based force-closure.
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