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Jason Carlton


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 82-110
Pasadena, CA 91101





Jason Carlton


Top Secret Security Clearance

Certified in:
o Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP)
o Engineer-In-Training (EIT)
o Certified Weld Inspector (CWI)
o Mechanical Drafting
o Computer Aided Drafting, AutoCAD
o Welding and Metal Fabrication (ROP)
o Auto Technology (ROP)

Highly Competent in:
Unigraphics NX
PDM Systems, TeamCenter, ePDM and Workgroup PDM
ANSI Y14.5 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Microsoft Office: Excel, Access, Power Point and Word
Use of shop tools and machines.

Over 20 years of mechanical experience through racing motocross and watercraft, which include complete engine and transmission rebuilds, suspension rebuilds and constant race prep maintenance.


2007 - 2010
Masters in Business Administration (MBA),
University of La Verne
Dual Concentration in Finance and Management & Leadership

2002 - 2007
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in mechanical design.
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Professional Experience

JPL: 2007 - Present
Antenna Mechanical and Structural Engineering group. Mechanical design and analysis on antenna components using SolidWorks, SolidWorks Simulation, (Motion & FEA), and Nastran. Perform annual antenna inspections. Design work for future flight hardware, atomic clock. Mars Rover transportation lead. TeraHertz Radar Mechanical Lead. Robotic Vehicles and Manipulators group. ATHLETE robot task manager which includes design, build and test a self-undercutting drill bit/anchor combination and drill. Asteroid Capture Testbed task manager which includes design of the flight-like asteroid capture mechanism, testing and proof of concept. Current DARPA Challenge mechanical lead for the JPL entry RoboSimian The challenge was held on June 5-6, 2015 at the Pomona Fairplex and our team overalled 5th out of 25 entries.

Cal Poly Pomona: 3/2013 - 6/2013
Mechanical Engineering instructor for ME299; Mechanical Design Using SolidWorks. Taught 60 students the proper use of a 3D parametric CAD system by reverse-engineering a lawnmower engine. Students measured and modeled each part, created assemblies, ran a motion analysis and Finite Element Analysis on the engine and created a complete fabrication drawing package all in the 10 week term.

See resume for multiple engineering internships prior to JPL.

Research Interests

Mechanical design from concept to implementation. Product development, product testing and product improvement. Fabrication processes including additive manufacturing, machining and welding.


  1. S. Karumanchi, K. Edelberg, J. Nash, C. Bergh, R. Smith, B. Emanuel, J. Carlton, J.Koehler, J.Kim, R. Mukherjee, B. Kennedy, P. Backes, "Payload-Centric Autonomy for In-Space Robotic Assembly of Modular Space Structures," Journal of Field Robotics, vol 35, issue 6, pp. 1005-1021, 14 June 2018.
  1. S. Karumanchi, K. Edelberg, I. Baldwin, J. Nash, J. Reid, C. Bergh, J. Leichty, K. Carpenter, M. Shekels, M. Gildner, D. Newill-Smith, J. Carlton, J. Koehler, T. Dobreva, M. Frost, P. Hebert, J, Borders, J. Ma, B. Douillard, P. Backes, B. Kennedy, B. Satzinger, C. Lau, K. Byl, K. Shankar, J. Burdick, "Team RoboSimian: Semi-autonomous Mobile Manipulation at the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals," Journal of Field Robotics: Special Issue on the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, vol 34, issue 2, pp. 305-332, 18 October 2016.