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Brandon Metz


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-235

Pasadena, CA 91109





Member of:

347A - Embedded Robotic Systems

Brandon Metz

Robotics Electrical Engineer


I have had a long standing love and fascination for space and science. After obtaining my B.S. in electrical engineering I came to JPL as a summer intern and switched to academic part time when I began to pursue my masters degree in Communication/DSP. Since then I have obtained my masters and am current working full time on the next rover going to Mars as one of the lead investigators on actuator and motion control issues.


I attended Cal Poly Pomona from 2003-2007 and obtained my B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a strong emphasis in DSP/Communication. I have received my masters degree from Cal Poly Pomona in Communication and Microwave Engineering.

Professional Experience

I had worked in industry at a Laser Welding/Systems company before arriving to JPL. I have strong abilities in FPGA programming, analog circuit design, object oriented programming, system level design, vision algorithms, schematic/PCB design, control systems, hardware trouble shooting, and DSP.
Projects Ive worked on have been:
-Remote Science for MSL
-IMCS - Red Team for MSL
-Formation Control Testbed
-Optical Pointing Loop

Research Interests

End to end embedded systems, error correction encoding/decoding, FPGA implemented compression algorithms, vision applications, electromagnetics, and software defined radio.


  1. W. Talbot, J. Nash, M. Paton, E. Ambrose, B. Metz, R. Thakker, R. Etheredge, M. Ono, V. Ila, "Principled ICP Covariance Modelling in Perceptually Degraded Environments for the EELS Mission Concept," 2023 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 10763-10770, 01 October 2023.
  1. K Edelberg, P Backes, J Biesiadecki, S Brooks, D Helmick, W Kim, T Litwin B Metz, J Reid, A Sirota, W Ubellacker, P Vieira, "Software System for the Mars 2020 Mission Sampling and Caching Testbeds," DOI: 10.1109/AERO.2018.8396572, 01 January 2018.