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Matthew Frost

Address:

4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 107
Pasadena, CA 91109

Phone:

818.354.9007

Fax:

818.393.5007

Member of:

347B - Robotic Vehicles and Manipulators

Matthew A Frost

Group Leader

Biography

Matthew Frost joined the Robotics and Mobility Section at JPL in 2007. He has worked on a variety of robotic research projects including RoboSimian, ATHLETE, Microspine Grippers, and ALHAT. He is well versed in actuator design and notably enjoys designs with high specific torque through use of harmonic drives and light-weighted components.

Matthew is currently working on the Mars 2020 flight project in charge of the design of the Robotic Arm as Cognizant Engineer and Cost Technical Manager.

Prior to working at JPL he worked as a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Evolution Robotics and Evolution Robotics Retail, Inc. While at Evolution Robotics Retail, Matthew acted as Lead Engineer for the mechanical system of the LaneHawk product, including product design. At Evolution Robotics he designed and built numerous autonomous robots for both in-house use and outside customers.
Matthew received a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA. While in school Matthew focused his efforts on robotics projects. He was team leader for the ASME student groups first entrance into robotics, a battlebot for a televised competition. For his mechanical engineering design project, Matthew built an automatic card dealer, which could deal out a hand of poker and hit cards to the players.

Education

B.S. Mechanical Engineering (2002)
UCLA

Professional Experience

JPL (2007- Present)

2015
- Mars 2020: Cognizant Engineer Mars 2020 Robotic Arm

2012
- ATHLETE: All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer (Task Manager and Chief Engineer)
- RoboSimian (Lead Mechanical Engineer)
2011
- ATHLETE: All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer (Lead Mechanical Engineer)
- Gripping Foot Mechanisms (Mechanical Engineer)
2010
- ATHLETE: All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer (Lead Mechanical Engineer)
- ALHAT FT4: Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (Lead Mechanical Engineer)
2009
- ALHAT FT3: Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (Mechanical Engineer)
- ATHLETE: All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer (Mechanical Engineer)
2008
- ALHAT: Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (Mechanical Engineer)
- MSL: Mars Science Laboratory (Mobility Engineer)
2007
- Advanced MEMS Mars Drilling System (Mechanical Engineer)
Evolution Robotics Retail (2006-2007)
- LaneHawk (Lead Mechanical Engineer)
Evolution Robotics (2002-2005)
- Scorpion Robot: External Software Development Platform (Engineering Lead)
- R3R: In-house Software Development Robot (Mechanical Engineer)
- ER2: Personal Robot concept project (Mechanical Engineer)
- ER1: Personal Robot (Mechanical Engineer)

Research Interests

- Mechanical design of robotic systems
- Lightweight actuator design
- Force torque sensing