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Avi Okon is a member of the technical staff in the Robotics Hardware Group at JPL. His experiences have varied from robotic hardware design to robotic force control algorthim development.
Avi joined JPL in the Spring of 2001 while completing his undergraduate studies at UCLA. After the completion of his Bachelors degree, Avi remained a JPL acedemic part-time employee while pursuing his masters degree also at UCLA.
Avi currently holds the position of Cognizant Engineer of the SPaH hardware for the Mars Science Laboratory flight mission.
M.S., Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles 2005
Thesis: In-situ Characterization of Climbing Hold Features using Tactile Sensing
B.S., Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles 2002
Cognizant Engineer, SPaH Hardware, MSL, 2006 - Present
Task Manager, Construction Resource Utilization eXplorer: Instrument Deployment Platform, 2005
Robotics Control Algorithm Engineer for In-Space Assembly and AWIMR task, 2005
Force sensor integration and control algorithm development for Robotic Construction Crew, 2004 - 2005
Harware support engineer for many tasks including: LEMUR (I, IIA & IIB), FIDO, Rover Maintenance, Robot Work Crew, Tactical Mobile Robot, 2001 - 2004
Robotic Hardware Design
Motion / Force Control Algorthim Developement
Automonous Robotic Assembly and Construction
Automonous Climbing Robots