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Gene Merewether


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 82-105

Pasadena, CA 91101

Gene Merewether

Robotics Technologist I


Gene develops algorithms and systems to enable robust autonomy for manipulation and sampling. Before coming to JPL, he worked in the Biorobotics Lab at Seoul National University, developing smart rehabilitation devices. During his Masters program at Carnegie Mellon University, he developed and tested prosthetic limb hardware and software. He joined the Robotic Manipulation and Sampling group at JPL as a robotics engineer in February 2016.


Master of Science - Robotics Systems Development, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2015.
Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, with certificates in Applications of Computing and Materials Science and Engineering, Princeton University, 2013.

Professional Experience

Henry Luce Scholar, Biorobotics Laboratory, Seoul National University, South Korea, 2013-2014.

Research Interests

Path planning for constrained systems
Dynamic planning and controls
System design for robust autonomous manipulation and sampling


  1. T. Tzanetos, M. Aung, J. Balaram, H. Grip, J. Karras, T. Canham, G. Kubiak, J. Anderson, G. Merewether, M. Pauken, S. Cappucci, M. Chase, M. Golombek, O. Toupet, M. Smart, E. Ramirez, J. Lam, R. Stern, N. Chahat, J. Ravich, R. Hogg, B. Pipenberg, M. Keennon, K. Williford, "Ingenuity Mars Helicopter: From Technology Demonstration to Extraterrestrial Scout," 2022 IEEE Aerospace Conference (AERO), Big Sky, MT, USA, pp. 01-19, 05 March 2022.
  1. Ali-akbar Agha-mohammadi, et al., "NeBula: Quest for Robotic Autonomy in Challenging Environments; TEAM CoSTAR at the DARPA Subterranean Challenge," Journal of Field Robotics, 21 March 2021.
  1. H. Grip, J. Lam, D. Bayard, D. Conway, G. Singh, R. Brockers, J. Delaune, L. Matthies, C. Malpica, T. Brown, A. Jain, A. San Martin, and G. Merewether, "Flight Control System for NASA's Mars Helicopter," AIAA Scitech 2019 Forum, pp. 1-20, 07 January 2019.