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Jaret Matthews


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Jaret Matthews

Member of Technical Staff


Jaret Matthews joined JPL in the summer of 2003 after completing an internship in the Robotic Vehicles Group (now Robotic Hardware Systems). Prior to arriving at JPL, Jaret earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University and a M.S. from ISU. He is presently working towards a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford on evenings and weekends. Whilst in school, Jaret also interned with Pratt & Whitney's Rocket Propulsion Division in Florida and the NASA Haughton Mars Project in arctic Canada.

Jaret is presently serving as the project manager and lead systems engineer on the ATHLETE hex-limbed rover. He is also serving as project manager and lead mechanical/systems engineer on the Lunar Low Temperature Wheels and Advanced MEMS Prototype Mars Drilling System tasks.

Jaret has contributed to a diverse array of projects involving mobility, mechanization/actuation, and manipulation in extreme environments. Robots that he helped create have crawled in zero-g, sampled the ocean depths near Japan and Iceland, rolled across Greenland and the South Pole, punctured through ice shelves in Antarctica, and flown to the upper limits of Earth's atmosphere.


M.S. Mechanical Engineering (Present)

Stanford University Honors Cooperative Program

M.S. Space Studies(2003)

International Space University, Strasbourg, France

B.S. Aeronautics & Astronautics(2001)

Purdue University

Professional Experience

JPL (2003 - Present)

  • ATHLETE lunar rover (project manager, systems Lead, mechanical design)
  • Advanced MEMS Mars Drilling System (project manager, mechanical design, system engineering)
  • PAUSE Aerobot (high altitude balloon payload design, power/nav/telecom/ground station system design (two successful flights at 35km altitude)

  • Hydrothermal Vent Biosampler (mechanical design, control & monitoring system design, successfully tested to 10,000 psi)
  • Tumbleweed Polar Rover (payload design, construction, integration, testing, ground station software, successful air-drop tests in Antarctica)
  • Antarctic Ice Borehole Probe (4 month deployment on Amery Ice Shelf, Antarctica)
  • BioBalloon (high altitude balloon payload design)
  • Spiderbot (zero-g aircraft deployment)

NASA Haughton Mars Project (Summer 2001 & 2002)

  • Designed & built robotic human transport rover

Purdue University Rocket Propulsion Lab(Spring 2001)

  • Designed, built, & tested bipropellant and hybrid rocket engines

Pratt & Whitney Liquid Rocket Propulsion (Spring 2000)

  • RL-10 Rocket Engine Test Engineer

Research Interests

Mechanisims/mechatronics design, robotic systems engineering, extreme environment robotics

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Research Tasks
ATHLETE: Rough and Steep Terrain Lunar Surface Mobility


  1. B.H. Wilcox, T. Litwin, J. Biesiadecki, J. Matthews, M. Heverly, J. Morrison, J. Townsend, N. Ahmad, A. Sirota, B. Cooper, "ATHLETE: A Cargo Handling and Manipulation Robot for the Moon," Journal of Field Robotics, vol 24, issue 5, May 2007, 421-434, 15 July 2016.
  1. A. Behar, J. Matthews, K. Venkateswaran, J. Bruckner, J. Jonsson, "A deep sea Hydrothermal Vent Bio-sampler for large volume in-situ filtration of hydrothermal vent fluids," Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 47(4): 443-447, 01 January 2006.
  1. A. Behar, J. Matthews, C. Raymond, E. Means, "The JPL PAUSE Aerobot," IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, 2005, Volume 4, 10-12 Oct. 2005 Page(s):3939 - 3943, 01 October 2005.
  1. A. Behar, F. Carsey, J. Matthews, J. Jones, "An antarctic deployment of the NASA/JPL tumbleweed polar rover," World Automation Congress, 2004. Proceedings, Volume 15, 28 June - 1 July 2004 Page(s):453 - 460, 01 July 2004.
  2. M. Craven, F. Carsey, A. Behar, J. Matthews, R. Brand, A. Elcheikh, S. Hall, A. Treverrow, "In-situ imagery of meteoric ice-marine ice transition and marine ice-ocean interface on the Amery Ice Shelf," International Symposium on Ice and Water Interactions. 26-30 July 2004, Portland (Oregon, USA)., 01 July 2004.
  3. A. Behar, J. Matthews, F. Carsey, J. Jones, "NASA/JPL Tumbleweed Polar Rover," IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 6-13, 2004, 06 March 2004.