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Brendan Chamberlain-Simon


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219

Pasadena, CA 91109

Member of:

347B - Applied Robotic Systems

Brendan Chamberlain-Simon

Member of Technical Staff


Brendan Chamberlain-Simon began working at JPL in June of 2015 after graduating from Columbia University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Brendan splits his time at JPL between Mars surface operations and research hardware development. Brendans roles on Mars have included Rover Planner Mobility Lead for Mars Science Laboratory and Helicopter Integration Engineer for the Mars Helicopter. Brendans primary research efforts are focused on surface sampling and mobility on Ocean Worlds such as Europa.


BS Mechanical Engineering; Columbia University, May 2015

Professional Experience

Robotics Technologist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, June 2015-Present

Intern at Kennedy Space Center Swamp Works, Summer of 2014

Research Assistant at Columbia University Robotics Laboratory, Professor Peter Allen, March 2012-May 2013

Research Interests

Extraterrestrial mobility and navigation, surface sampling, extreme terrain access, cryogenic mechanisms, microgravity mobility


  1. S. Backus W. Walsh T. P. Setterfield B. Wylie J. S. Hilaire B. C. Simon R. Mukherjee, "Concept for a Distributed, Modular, In-space Robotically Assembled, RF Communication Payload in GEO," 2020 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, USA, 2020, pp. 1-17, 14 September 2020.
  1. R. Mukherjee, B. Chamberlain Simon, K. Wehage, J. Mayo, P. Ohta, A. Brinkman, J. Gross, W. Ubellacker, R. Smith, M. Dolci, N. Abcouwer, K. Junggon, "Testbeds and Technologies for Potential Mars Orbital Sample Capture and Manipulation," 2018 IEEE, 10 March 2018.
  1. R. Mukherjee, B. Chamberlain-Simon, N. Abcouwer, R. Mc Cormick, R. Smith, T. Frederick, M. Dolci, "Concepts for Mars On-Orbit Robotic Sample Capture and Transfer," 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Montana, USA, 01 April 2017.