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Jake Chesin


4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109

Member of:

347B - Applied Robotic Systems

Jake Chesin

Robotics Mechanical Engineer


Jake is a Robotics Mechanical Engineer in the Applied Robotic Systems Group at JPL. Jake received a Bachelor's degree in Electromechanical Systems Engineering Technology from Cal Poly Pomona in 2017. As an undergraduate, he interned year round in the Non-Destructive Evaluation and Advanced Actuators (NDEAA) group at JPL, working on piezoelectric actuation and energy harvesting systems. Jake has previously worked on the Mars 2020 Sample Caching System, delivering flight hardware for the Hermetic Seals and Sample Tubes. Prior to attending to college, Jake spent 6 years in the U.S. Navy on the submarine USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) as a Fire Control Technician and Navy Scuba Diver.


B.S. in Electromechanical Systems Engineering Technology (2017), Cal Poly Pomona.

Professional Experience

April 2022 - Present, Robotics Mechanical Engineer, Applied Robotic Systems, JPL

August 2018 - Present, Assistant Professor, ArtCenter College of Design

October 2020 - April 2022, Technical Project Manager, Amorphology

April 2017 - October 2020, Mechanical Engineer (Contractor), Robotic Vehicles and Manipulators, JPL

September 2015 - April 2017, Mechanical Engineering Intern, Non-Destructive Evaluation and Advanced Actuators (NDEAA), JPL

June 2015 - August 2015, Manufacturing Engineering Intern, Manufacturing Technologies, Northrop Grumman Corporation

January 2012 - June 2013, Submarine Rescue Operator & Navy Scuba diver, U.S. Navy Reserve

November 2005 - August 2011, Fire Control Technician (Submarine) & Navy Scuba Diver, U.S. Navy

Research Interests

Underwater Robotics

Space Exploration

Military Robotics Applications


  1. Strahle, J., S. Mock, R. Mattingly, P. Younse, J. Chesin, T. Kim, J. Mayo, C. Lengtat, and Y. Liu, "Sample Return Container Opening Process Concept for Potential Mars Sample Return," IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, 06 March 2021.