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Paulo Younse


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 107

Pasadena, CA 91109

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3472 - Robotic Systems Staff

Paulo Younse

Member of Technical Staff


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
Concentration: Robotics
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
Concentration: Mechatronics

Professional Experience

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

Research Interests

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.


  1. Nicolas Hudson, Paulo Younse, Paul Backes, Max Bajrachara, "Rover Reconfiguration for Body-Mounted Coring with Slip," Proc. IEEE Aerospace Conference, 01 January 2009.