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Nick Wettels


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 107-102
Pasadena, CA 91109





Nick Wettels


Nicholas Wettels is a researcher and entrepreneur in the robotics and electronics space.
His goals are to devise and new robotic and electronic solutions for commercial and government customers to foster better robotic manipulation, autonomy and data acquisition.
Nick has written several Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant and other types of his proposals. Nick is also a Navy Reserve Lieutenant Commander currently working for the Office of Naval Research/ Naval Research Lab (Det 111, San Diego, CA).


PhD Biomedical Engineering University of Southern California – 2011 (Los Angeles, CA)
Dissertation: Biomimetic Tactile Sensor for Grip Control and Object Identification
M.S. Biomedical Engineering University of Southern California - Medical Device and Diagnostics Engineering – 2008 (Los Angeles, CA)
M.S. Engineering Management Old Dominion University – 2005 (Norfolk, VA)
B.S. Physics (Minor Mathematics) Tulane University – 2000 (New Orleans, LA)

Professional Experience

JPL: 2013 - Present
Somatis Sensor Solutions: 2012 - Present
SynTouch LLC: 2008 - 2012
US Navy: 2000 - 2006

Research Interests

His research interests include: static and dynamic force sensing techniques, multi-fingered manipulation, reach and grasp controllers, sensor fusion (vision/ EM + tactile), object property extraction, machine learning and energy harvesting.