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Alexandria Shearer


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-234

Pasadena, CA 91101

Alexandria Shearer

Robotics Technologist


Alex completed her Masters while attending the University of California, San Diego Computer Science PhD program. There she evaluated high level synthesis tools by implementing KinectFusion in real time and created digital terrain models with LIDAR/IMU/GPS sensors. Her interests include 3D reconstruction, computer vision, sensor fusion, and software.

Her work at JPL began with multi-agent autonomy, autonomous underwater vehicle navigation, and computer vision/machine learning methods for object detection, classification, and segmentation.

Alex is a member of the Mars 2020 Flight Software Team. Her roles include programming across levels of the rover software stack, including services and payloads. She implemented software for the new ground-penetrating radar instrument, RIMFAX.

She is currently a Flight Software Systems Engineering Lead on the PSYCHE Flight Software Team, where she coordinates tasks, impacts engineering change requests, and manages release content. She also writes instrument manager software for the majority of the science instruments on PSYCHE, including the magnetometer, imagers, and gamma ray and neutron spectrometers.


Masters of Science (MS) from University of California, San Diego in Computer Science, 2016
Bachelors of Science (BS) from Santa Clara University in Computer Science and Engineering and Minor in Mathematics, 2013

Professional Experience

Robotics Technologist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA, 2017

Research Interests

  • Software
  • 3D Reconstruction
  • Sensor Fusion
  • Computer Vision


  • Earth Science and Technology Directorate Team Award for Multi-Mission, Multi-Agent Autonomy Architecture 2017
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow 2015
  • Eugene Cota Robles Fellow 2013
  • SCU Outstanding Computer Engineering Senior 2013
  • Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholar 2012