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Katherine Tighe


4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91101

Member of:

347Z - Advanced Robotic Systems

Katherine Tighe

Mechanical Engineer


Katherine is a mechanical engineer in the Advanced Robotic Systems Group at JPL. She is currently working on projects designing and building an inspection robot and a mine-exploration robot, and is the hardware and field test lead for an airborne mission. A large part of her work is in tether management systems for mobile robots. She has previously worked on R&D for Mars Sample Return and the development of sampling tools for Europa.


B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering, Duke University (May 2020)

Professional Experience

Mechanical Engineer, Advanced Robotic Systems Group, JPL (April 2022 - present)

Mechanical Engineer, Extreme Environment Robotics Group, JPL (June 2020 - April 2022)

Mechanical Engineering Intern, Extreme Environment Robotics Group, JPL (Summer 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)


  1. Tamas G. Molnar, Katherine Tighe, Wyatt Ubellacker, Arash Kalantari, Aaron D. Ames, "Mechanical Design, Planning, and Control for Legged Robots in Distillation Columns," ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 18, Issue 6, 01 June 2023.