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Dr. AshiteyTrebi-Ollennu, FIET, FRAeS, SMIEE,PMP, FGA, is the Product Delivery Manager, for the InSight Mars Mission Instrument Deployment System, Instrument Deployment System operations Team Chief and a technical group lead in the Robotic Manipulation & Sampling group at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he has been since 1999. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, U. K., and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, U.K. Senior Member IEEE RAS and IEEE SMC. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is also a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. His current research at JPL focuses on Planetary Rovers, Manipulation, Multiple Mobile Robots (Planetary Outpost), Reconfigurable Robots and Man-machine Interaction. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu’s research has resulted in more than 95 publications.
Dr. Trebi-Ollennu received the 2008 NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for his contributions to the Mars Exploration Rover mission, 2007 Outstanding Engineer Award from IEEE Region 6, 2007 Sir Monty Finniston Achievement Medal from Institution of Engineering and Technology, U.K., 2010 Specialist Silver Award from the Royal Aeronautical Society, U.K. and The 21st Century Trailblazer Award in Systems Engineering from the U.S.A. National Society of Black Engineers, at the 2012 NSBE Aerospace Systems Conference. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is a recipient of over a dozen NASA Group Achievement Awards. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, U. K., and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, U.K. Senior Member IEEE RAS and IEEE SMC. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is also a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has severed as a Guest Editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Magazine, Special Issue on Mars Exploration Rovers (June 2006). Dr. Trebi-Ollennu has been on PhD committees at the Robotic Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh USA. Dr Trebi-Ollennu is the founder of the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation (GRAF) that won the prestigious Google RISE Award 2013.
Media appearances: Dr. Trebi-Ollennu has appear on several BBC World Service Radio programs including, BBC World Service News, BBC Focus on Africa program, BBC U.K. Wellcome Trust Exchanges at the Frontier, BBC World Have Your Say, BBC Science Africa Festival 2013, Click on BBC World Service. In addition Dr. Trebi-Ollennu has been interviewed by several media outlets around the world including USA, Ghana, Uganda, Brunei, Malaysia, etc. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu also participated in IEEE Public Visibility as the spokesperson for Curiosity Mars Rover in 2013.
Ph.D. in Control Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied
Science, Royal Military College Science, Cranfield University, U.K., 1996. Thesis: Robust Non-linear Control Designs Using Adaptive Fuzzy Systems
B.Eng. in Avionics, Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Queen Mary College,
University of London, 1991. Dissertation: Review of 4-D guidance techniques and the simulation of 4-D aircraft guidance.
Research Scholar, Institute for Complex Research Engineered, Carnegie Mellon University , were he helped develop a system of All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) for distributed tactical surveillance for DARPA.
Multidisciplinary Engineer with a broad background and extensive hands-on experience in Space Robotics Systems, Flight Systems Integration & Test, Planetary Rover Operations, System of Systems Design, Distributed Mobile Robotics, System Architectures, Dynamic Modeling, Control Systems design for Aerospace and Mechatronics Systems and Contract Technical Management.
1. Flight Systems Engineering: Robotics Systems Engineer, Integration & Test Engineer, V&V Engineer and Mission Operations
2. Technical Management: Task and Project management
3. Technology Development: Manipulation, Sampling, Control, Autonomy and Mission Operations concept development for new missions and programs.
4. New Mission Initiatives: Provide technical support, concepts, cost estimate and reviews for new JPL mission proposals.
1999 to Present:
Mars Exploration Rover Mission (MER)
Phoenix Mars Lander
Task Manager – Autonomy for unmanned Sea Surface Vehicles (sponsored by OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH)
Task Manager – Lunar Surface Operations Testbet (LSOT)
Task Manager - Planetary Surface Geophysical Exploration Testbed
Mars Science Laboratory
System of Systems
Planetary Rover Operations
Multiple Mobile Robots