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Russell Smith


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 82-105

Pasadena, CA 91101



Member of:

347A - Embedded Robotic Systems

Russell Smith

Member of Technical Staff


Russell Smith joined JPL in August 2014, shortly after completing a BS in Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology.


BS Mechanical Engineering; California Institute of Technology, June 2014

Professional Experience

Summers of 2011-12
- SURF Internship at JPL, design and manufacture of a high altitude package return fixed wing drone

Summer 2013 - Winter 2013
- SURF Internship at JPL, design and manufacture of a small body sampling device

Research Interests

Underwater Robotics, Pressure Tolerant Electronics, Autonomy


  1. R. Mukherjee S. Backus T. Setterfield A. Brinkman G. Agnes E. Sunada J. Kim B. Emanuel R. Smith J. Hyon L. Chappell J. Lymer A. Tadros, "A Robotically Assembled and Serviced Science Station for Earth Observations," 020 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, USA, 2020, pp. 1-15, 14 September 2020.
  1. S. Morad, J. Nash, S. Higa, R. Smith, A. Parness, K. Barnard, "Improving Visual Feature Extraction in Glacial Environments," IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 5, pp. 385-390, 27 August 2019.
  1. S. Karumanchi, K. Edelberg, J. Nash, C. Bergh, R. Smith, B. Emanuel, J. Carlton, J.Koehler, J.Kim, R. Mukherjee, B. Kennedy, P. Backes, "Payload-Centric Autonomy for In-Space Robotic Assembly of Modular Space Structures," Journal of Field Robotics, vol 35, issue 6, pp. 1005-1021, 14 June 2018.
  2. R. Mukherjee, B. Chamberlain Simon, K. Wehage, J. Mayo, P. Ohta, A. Brinkman, J. Gross, W. Ubellacker, R. Smith, M. Dolci, N. Abcouwer, K. Junggon, "Testbeds and Technologies for Potential Mars Orbital Sample Capture and Manipulation," 2018 IEEE, 10 March 2018.
  1. R. Mukherjee, B. Chamberlain-Simon, N. Abcouwer, R. Mc Cormick, R. Smith, T. Frederick, M. Dolci, "Concepts for Mars On-Orbit Robotic Sample Capture and Transfer," 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Montana, USA, 01 April 2017.