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Michael Hans


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219

Pasadena, CA 91101

Member of:

347K - Robot Operations

Michael Anthony Hans

Member of Technical Staff


Michael Hans, originally from Saugerties, NY, earned a Bachelors Degree in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Aeronautical Engineering Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2015. During completion of these degrees, he worked in the Computational Dynamics Lab at this institution, studying the Divide and Conquer Algorithm for multibody dynamic simulations.
Michael is now a member of the technical staff in the Robotics Modeling and Simulation group at JPL. He primarily works on modeling complex multibody dynamic systems, developing new tools and integrating existing modeling software as necessary.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2015
M.Eng. Aeronautical Engineering
B.S. Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering

SUNY Ulster 2012
Associate of Science in Engineering

Professional Experience

January 2016 - Present, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
Member of Technical Staff

Winter - Summer 2015, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

2012 - 2015, Computational Dynamics Laboratory of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

2011-2012, Peak Engineering, Stone Ridge, NY

Research Interests

High-fidelity simulation of mechanical hardware

Modeling of granular and fibular material interactions

Autonomy and control of robotic systems