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Kevin Edelson


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 82-105
Pasadena, CA 91101



Member of:

347A - Embedded Robotic Systems

Kevin Edelson


Kevin is a Mechatronics Engineer in the Robotic Vehicles and Manipulators group at JPL. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. As an undergraduate, he was a founding member of Northeastern’s AIAA Rocket Team, working on high-altitude weather balloon projects, high-power supersonic rockets, and automated ground support equipment. Kevin’s interests include field robotics, mobile robot estimation and control, and mobile manipulation. He is currently supporting the Mars 2020 Motion Control Subsystem as a Test Engineer interfacing flight actuators with a flight-like Rover Motor Controller Assembly. He is working in test automation, test development, and data analysis.


B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University, 2016

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, 2016

Professional Experience

January 2017 - Present, Mechatronics Engineer, Mars 2020 Motion Control Subsystem, JPL

January 2015 - July 2015, Vehicle Engineering Co-op, Development Test Group, SpaceX

July 2013 - December 2013, Mechanical Engineering Co-op, Philips Color Kinetics

Research Interests

- Field Robotics
- Mobile Robot Estimation and Control
- Mobile Manipulation


  1. K. Edelson, B. Benjamin, L. Dominguez, D. Fuller, A. Kennett, "System Level Actuator Testing For Mars Rover Application," IEEE Aerospace Conference, 01 January 2018.