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Omair Khan


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S T1719-110
Pasadena, CA 91101



Omair Khan

Systems Engineer


M. Omair Khan is a member of the Robot Operations group. Omair joined JPL in summer 2008 and has vast systems engineering experience spanning from project level to robotic manipulator susbsystems and over multiple mission types including Mars in-situ manipulation and Earth Science/Astrophysics remote sensing.

Key positions in his career include Mars2020 Sample Caching Subsystem V&V lead, InSight arm planner/grapple mechanism lead/Heat Probe (HP3) deployment lead, Grace Follow-On Flight System Systems Engineer (FSSE), FINESSE phase A proposal FSSE, and Radioisotope Thermal Generator Mission Application Studies Lead.


M.S. in Computer Science with emphasis in intelligent robotics from University of Southern California, 2015
M.S. in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering with emphasis in computational solid & fluid mechanics from University of Southern California, 2008
B.A. in Physics and Astrophysics from University of California Berkeley, 2005

Professional Experience

2008 - Present: Systems Engineer, JPL
2006 - 2008: Project Engineer, L-3 Communications Electron Technologies Inc.

Research Interests

Robotic Controller Algorithm Design and Software Implementation
Mobility Robotics
Aero Robotics (e.g. quadrotor)
Multi-robot autonomous operations
In-Situ Manipulator Operations
In-Situ Rover Operations
Robotic Systems Verification and Validation


  1. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, Khaled Ali, Cristina Sorice, Won Kim, Steven Myint, Omair Khan, Philip Bailey, Hallie Abarca, Robert G. Deen, Jeng Yen, Justin N. Maki, Grace Lim, Nythi Udomkesmalee, and Jeffrey Umland, "Robotic Deployment and Installation of Payloads on Planetary Surface," Handbook of Space Resources, edited by Viorel Badescu, Kris Zacny, Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Springer, pp. 721 – 762, 28 April 2023.