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Catherine Pavlov


4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109

Member of:

347Z - Advanced Robotic Systems

Acting Member of:

347Z - Advanced Robotic Systems

Catherine Pavlov

Robotics Mechanical Engineer


Catherine joined the Advanced Robotic Systems group in 2023. Her background is in robotic mobility for extreme environments, beginning with developing robots for mapping volcanic fissures as an intern at JPL and continuing with research into rover mobility, terramechanics, terrain manipulation, and small legged microspine robots during her graduate studies at CMU. Catherine supports multiple projects at JPL as a Robotics Mechanical Engineer.


PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University (2023)

BS in Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (2016)

Professional Experience

NASA Space Technology Research Fellow (2018-2022)

Intern at JPL in 347C (2014 & 2015)

Research Interests

Extreme environment mobility, terrain manipulation, field testing, mechanism design


  1. P. Nadan, D. K. Patel, C. Pavlov, S. Backus, and A. M. Johnson, "Microspine Design for Additive Manufacturing," 2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Kyoto, Japan, pp. 5640-5647, doi: 10.1109/IROS47612.2022.9981634, 23 October 2022.
  1. C. Parcheta, C. Pavlov, N. Wiltsie, K. Carpenter, J. Nash, A. Parness, K. Mitchell, "A Robotic Approach to Mapping Post-Eruptive Volcanic Fissure Conduits," Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, vol. 320, pp. 19-28, 15 June 2016.
  1. C. Parcheta, J. Nash, A. Parness, K. Mitchell, and C. Pavlov, "Narrow Vertical Caves: Mapping Volcanic Fissure Geometries," 2nd International Planetary Caves Conference, vol. 1883, p. 9010, 01 October 2015.