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Dane Schoelen


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 82-105

Pasadena, CA 91101

Member of:

347C - Extreme Environment Robotics Systems

Dane Schoelen

Robotics Mechanical Engineer


Dane Schoelen joined the Extreme Environments Robotics Group at JPL as a Robotics Mechanical Engineer in 2017 where he has supported a variety of research and development tasks as well as flight projects from formulation to operations.


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 2017

Professional Experience

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Projects:

  • Mars Sample Return, Lander Testbed, Robotic Arm Mechanical Lead
  • Curiosity Rover (MSL) Operations, Rover Planner and Strategic Route Planning Lead
  • IceNode Oceanographic Float R&D, Systems and Hardware Design
  • Perseverance Rover (M2020), Sample Caching System, Hermetic Seal, Hardware Build and Test
  • Axel Rover R&D, Hardware Development
  • Ocean Worlds Lab, Minos Chamber, Hardware Development


  1. Dane Schoelen, Evan Bock Clark, Flora Mechentel, Christine Gebara, "System Analysis and Generative Design for IceNode a Buoyant Vehicle for Measuring Melt Rate under Ice Shelves," OCEANS 2021: San Diego – Porto, pp. 1-9, 20 September 2021.
  2. Evan Bock Clark, Andrew Branch, Rebecca Castano, Ian Fenty, Christine Gebara, Ara Kourchians, Daniel Limonadi, Gauri Madhok, Patrick McGarey, Flora Mechentel, Kelly Nguyen, Tyler Okamoto, Eric Rignot, Federico Rossi, Brendan Santos, Justin Schachter, Michael Schodlok, Dane Schoelen, Timothy Stanton, Joshua Vander Hook, Ben Wolsieffer, Xavier Zapien, "IceNode: a Buoyant Vehicle for Acquiring Well-Distributed Long-Duration Melt Rate Measurements under Ice Shelves," OCEANS 2021: San Diego – Porto, pp. 1-10, 20 September 2021.