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David Newill-Smith


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 82-115A

Pasadena, CA 91101

Member of:

347B - Applied Robotic Systems

David Newill-Smith

Member of Technical Staff


David started working at JPL in August of 2014. He graduated with honors from Princeton University in June 2014 and received his B.S.E in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as well as a Certificate in Robotics and Intelligent Systems. His studies focused on mechanical design, robotics, controls, and space engineering. His undergraduate thesis involved the design and testing of a novel surface attachment mechanism for asteroid exploratory missions employing microspine technology.


Princeton University, Jun 2014
- B.S.E. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
- Certificate in Robotics and Intelligent Systems
- Thesis: Asteroid Exploratory Robot - Design and Testing of a Multi-Phalanx Microspine Gripper

Professional Experience

Aug 2014 - Present: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Robotics Mechanical Engineer
Jun 2013 - Aug 2013: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cold Atom Laboratory Intern

Research Interests

Microspines, microgravity mobility systems, manipulation, green energy