Paulo Younse is a Staff Engineer for the Robotic Hardware Systems Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA. His experience resides in mechanical design, machine vision, hopping robots, limbed robots, and subsurface drilling. Current projects include Cliffbot, a cooperative robotic system used to explore steep terrain, sample acquisition and caching research for Mars Sample Return, and the powder acquisition drill system for Mars Science Laboratory. Previous experience includes work on unmanned underwater vehicles at the Boeing Company and visual navigation and control for agricultural robots at the University of Florida. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo, CA) and an ME in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL).
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Master of Engineering, August 2005
Thesis: Vision-based Vehicle Guidance for Autonomous Agricultural Vehicles
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, June 2002
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (8/05-Present): Associate Engineer, Robotic Hardware Systems Group
The Boeing Company, Anaheim, CA (7/02-7/03): Mechanical Engineer, Boeing Unmanned Undersea Vehicles Group, LMRS Program
Joslyn Sunbank Company, LLC, Paso Robles, CA (7/01-9/01): Contractor, Cal Poly Mechatronics Course
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA (7/00-9/00): Technical Assistant, NASA Robotics Education Project
Mechanical design for space robotics, rovers, and limbed robots. Machine vision, vehicle navigation, and path planning. Educational outreach, lesson development, and promotion of NASA goals, technology, engineering, and robotics to local schools and the public.