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347C - Extreme Environment Robotics Systems

Martin Peticco

Robotics Mechanical Engineer


Martin Peticco is a Robotics Mechanical Engineer from Newburgh, NY in the Extreme Environment Robotics Group (347C) at JPL. He is working on the Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor (EELS) task and the TubeBot task working on Mars sample-tube-sized robots. He previously worked in the Electronics Packaging Group (356B) designing proof tests for components in ESA's ARIEL mission, and proof-of-concept piezoelectric motor support in the Non-Destructive Evaluators and Advanced Actuators Group (355N).

Before JPL, he worked at Epirus, the Center for Autonomous Systems and Technology (CAST) Lab at Caltech, and IBM.


  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Aerospace Engineering (2023) - California Institute of Technology
  • A.A.S in Cybersecurity (2019) - SUNY Orange

Professional Experience

  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (347C) - Robotics Mechanical Engineer, Aug 2023 - Present
  • California Institute of Technology - Teaching Assistant (ME13, ME14, ME8, ME72, ME134), January 2022 - June 2023, January 2024 - Present
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (356B) - Summer Intern, June 2022 - August 2022
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (355N) - Year-Round Intern, Mar 2022 - June 2022, October 2022 - June 2023
  • Epirus - Mechanical Engineering Intern, June 2021 - August 2021
  • California Institute of Technology (CAST Lab) - Summer Undergraduate Researcher, June 2020 - April 2021
  • International Business Machines (IBM) - Intern, July 2018 - August 2018

Research Interests

Robotic mobility dystems, aerial vehicles, robotic actuators and drive systems, bio-inspired Robotics, mechanisms


  1. M. Paton, R. Rieber, S. Cruz, M. Gildner, C. Abma, K. Abma, S. Aghli, E. Ambrose, A. Archanian, E. Bagshaw, C. Baroco, A. Blackstock, J. Bowkett, M. Cable, E. Cartaya, G. Daddi, T. Drevinskas, R. Etheredge, T. Gall, A. Gardner, P. Gavrilov, N. Georgiev, K. Graham, B. Hockman, B. Jones, S. Linn, M. Malaska, E. Marteau, N. Maslen, H. Melikyan, Y. Kumar Nakka, J. Nelson, M. Pazzini, M. Peticco, M. Prior-Jones, M. Robinson, C. Roman, R. Royce, M. Ryan, L. Shiraishi, C. Stenner, M. Strub, R. M. Swan, B. Swerdlow, R. Thakker, L. P. Tosi, T. Tran, T. Stegun Vaquero, M. Veismann, T. Wood, H. Zade, M. Ono, "2023 EELS Field Tests at Athabasca Glacier as an Icy Moon Analogue Environment," 2024 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, USA, 05 March 2024.