Kalind is a Robotics Engineer in the Robotic Vehicles and Manipulators Group (347B). The lab he works in focuses on rapid technology development and end effectors specifically tailored to gripping and rough surface mobility.
His current work includes (Co-I) on the pop-up flat folding explorer robots (PUFFER), designing the mobility system for and thermal testing the motors and components for Mars and Europa. This platform was originally proposed for exploring lava tubes on Mars and the Moon and is currently funded to climb steep slopes imaging stratigraphy on Mars. It has a secondary goal of assessing it for possible inclusion with a Europa lander to explore the surface and enter crevasses.
For the Ocean Worlds Mobility Study he is involved in ideation of mobility and sampling systems as well as designing a cryogenic ice test chamber. Also testing cryogenic ice for its mechanical properties and the viability of mobility techniques.
Kalind is supporting the micro ground vehicles task designing platforms and gripping prototypes for the wall climbing robots that utilize microspines, electrostatic and dry adhesives (Gecko adhesive) to climb vertical surfaces.
As a side project he is testing metallic glass harmonic gear flex cups leading into testing metallic glass cryogenic temperature ready ball bearings.
Previous work includes principal investigator on the variable radius wheel which is currently being implemented into the Buoyant Rover Under Ice Explorer (BRUIE) and being looked at as a deployable cutting wheel for ice sampling.
Lead engineer on the Cam Hand for Robosimian, JPL’s 5th place entrant to the DARPA robotics challenge.
Lead engineer on the gripping sub assembly of the asteroid gripper for the asteroid return mission, this prototype was able to conform to and grip a wide variety of surfaces and helped secure the final decision for the current ARM mission.
Mobility consultant and field engineer for Volcanobot which explores volcanic fissures mapping them for a better understanding of magma flow.
Test bed engineer for SLOCUM TREC which generated its power using energy harvesting through phase changing waxes and the thermal climes of the ocean. During this time he also worked on a proposal involving wind power generation with Jack Jones.
He completed his thesis work on rotary microspine rough surface mobility at JPL while attending CSULA. . This was through the master’s thesis program which he conceived and helped to create. This program is currently growing beyond CSULA to include Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA and possibly Harvey Mud.
At CSULA he worked for Space Center, a NASA university research center where he was in charge of three wind tunnels, a supersonic, reciprocating and blowout version. He is well versed in their design, building test setups and gathering valuable test data. This led to publishing a paper on supersonic combustion of emerging fuels.
His thesis research has led to a patent upcoming journal article and continued research into palm sized climbing platforms.
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, CSULA
B.S. Industrial Design, ASU
Feb 2014 – Present: JPL, Robotics Mechanical Engineer
June 2012 – Feb 2014: JPL, Robotics Intern
Oct 2011 – June 2012: NASA URC Program at CSULA, NASA Student Research
Extreme environment exploration, end effectors, bio mimicry, microspine gripping, additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping.