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Mielad Sabzehi


4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109

Member of:

347F - Robotic Mobility

Mielad Sabzehi

Robotics Technologist


Mielad Sabzehi is a Robotics Technologist in the Robotic Mobility Group. He received his BSc (2021) and MSc (2023) in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University. In his MSc program, he specialized in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science. Before his role as a Robotics Technologist, he worked at JPL as a Visiting Researcher conducting research on machine learning-based mobility optimization for planetary rovers. He is a member of the Mobility & Mechanisms subsystem team for the Mars Science Laboratory rover and Robotic Arm subsystem team for the Mars 2020 rover.


MSc, Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, 2023
BSc, Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, 2021

Professional Experience

Robotics Technologist, JPL, 2023-Present
Visiting Researcher, JPL, 2022-2023

Research Interests

  • Machine learning-based fault and anomaly detection
  • Machine learning-based wheel slip estimation with proprioception


Voyager Award - January 2024 - Mars 2020 (Perseverance) - Citation: "For significant contributions to the VSTB RA noise anomaly data analysis, applying signal processing analysis to provide more insight into arm actuator health."

Springorum Medal - September 2023 - RWTH Aachen University - Citation: "In recognition of completing the Master's degree with distinction."

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Flight Projects
Robot Operations


  1. Arthur Bouton, William Reid, Travis Brown, Adriana Daca, Mielad Sabzehi, and Hari Nayar, "Experimental Study of Alternative Rover Configurations and Mobility Modes for Planetary Exploration," 2023 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, USA, pp. 1-13, 04 March 2023.