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Gareth Meirion-Griffith


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219

Pasadena, CA 91109

Member of:

347F - Robotic Mobility

Gareth Meirion-Griffith

Program Area Manager


Dr. Gareth Meirion-Griffith is currently on detail at NASA HQ for STMD and managing the Lunar Surface Technology Research (LuSTR) program for the Space Tech Research Grants office.

Until 2020 he was the Supervisor for the Robotic Climbers and Grippers group. He is a NIAC Fellow and functions as the Principal Investigator on multiple SMD, STMD, and JPL funded projects. Gareths technology interests typically lie in the development of low TRL (1-5) mobility systems for extreme terrain.

When not behind his laptop, Gareth enjoys field testing robots in remote locations and driving Curiosity on the surface of Mars.


Illinois Institute of Technology 2012

Ph.D. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

University of Surrey 2008

M.Sc. Satellite Engineering

Kingston University 2006

B.Eng. Aerospace Engineering

Professional Experience

Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2015 - Present

Group Supervisor

Dynamic Motion Control Inc. 2012 - 2014

Systems Engineer

EUMETSAT Operations Centre 2006 - 2007

Spacecraft Controller

Research Interests

Extreme-Terrain Access, surface mobility, terramechanics, vehicle-terrain interaction, wheel-on-limb mobility, novel & creative technology development.


  1. O. Toupet, J. Biesiadecki, A. Rankin, A. Steffy, G. Meirion-Griffith, D. Levine, M. Schadegg, and M. Maimone, "Traction Control Design and Integration Onboard the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover," IEEE Aerospace Conference, 01 January 2018.