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Kristopher Wehage


4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91101

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347D - Robotics Modeling and Simulation

Kristopher Wehage, PhD

Member of Technical Staff


Kristopher is a research technologist in the Robotics Modeling and Simulation Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His research interests include kinematic and dynamic analysis of vehicles and robotic systems, mechanism design, and developing techniques for physical-based multibody dynamics simulation.

Prior to joining JPL, he worked as a product development engineer for FSA and e*thirteen, where he developed components for bicycle drive-trains, and as a research assistant at the University of California, Davis. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002 and an M.S. in Materials Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 2014 and 2017.


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2002
M.S. Materials Science, University of California, Davis, 2014
Ph.D. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California Davis, 2017

Professional Experience

2003-2007 Product Development Engineer, Full Speed Ahead
2007-2008 Product Development Engineer, e*thirteen
2009-2011 Product Development Team Leader, Full Speed Ahead
2011-2014 Research Assistant, Advanced Materials Research Group, University of California, Davis
2014-2016 Research Assistant, Center for Advanced Highway Maintenance and Construction Technology, University of California, Davis

Research Interests

Mechanism design
Kinematics and dynamics
Computer graphics


  1. R. Mukherjee, B. Chamberlain Simon, K. Wehage, J. Mayo, P. Ohta, A. Brinkman, J. Gross, W. Ubellacker, R. Smith, M. Dolci, N. Abcouwer, K. Junggon, "Testbeds and Technologies for Potential Mars Orbital Sample Capture and Manipulation," 2018 IEEE, 10 March 2018.