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Dennis Wai


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 82-105

Pasadena, CA 91101

Member of:

347G - Robotic Manipulation and Sampling

Dennis Wai

Member of Technical Staff


Dennis Wai is a robotics technologist in the Robotic Manipulation and Sampling Group of the Mobility and Robotics Systems Section at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Currently, he is part of the tactical operations team for the M2020 rover, Perserverance.


M.S in Mechanical Engineering - Controls, University of California, Berkeley, 2016

B.S in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2013

Professional Experience

  • 2019 - Present: M2020 Flight Software Developer, Sample and Caching Tactical operator
  • 2017-2019: Algorithms and software lead, Unmanned Influence Sweep System
  • 2014-2016: Software Engineer for Mars Sample Transfer Testbed
  • 2013: Mechatronics Engineer for BiBlade Comet Sampling

Research Interests

- Multiagent robotics
- Robust autonomy and supervised autonomy
- Optimization-based control


  1. S. Brooks, T. Litwin, J. Biesiadecki, N. Abcouwer, T. Del Sesto, M. McHenry, S. Myint, P. Twu, D. Wai, "Testing Mars 2020 Flight Software and Hardware in the Surface System Development Environment," IEEE Aerospace Conference, 01 March 2022.