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Rian Simpson


4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109


(626) 710-5266

Member of:

347R - Robot Ops and V&V

Rian Simpson

Robotics Systems Engineer


Rian Simpson is a robotics systems engineer in 347R. As a member of Mars 2020 robotic operations, he is a rover planner trainee and robotic arm downlink chair. His current work also includes robotic arm trending and robotic arm testbed work. In the past Rian has done systems engineering work with the Utah Student Robotics team as a part of the NASA Lunabotics Competition and force characterization research at the Robotic Systems Lab at the University of Utah.

Outside of work, he enjoys travel, road tripping, hiking, camping, playing video and tabletop roleplaying games, and skiing.


University of Utah
Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering
Minor in Computer Science


Mars 2020 Team Award - Go and Hover Phase 0 Team
For significant contribution to the test program and delivery of Go and Hover Phase 0 capabilities to flight, which will enable advanced onboard autonomy for the robotic arm and its instruments.

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Flight Projects
Robot Operations