Spencer Backus joined the Robotic Vehicles and Manipulators Group in 2017 and is working on projects related to grasping underwater and in space. Prior to Joining JPL he worked in the GRAB Lab at Yale University where he designed and built end effectors for aerial vehicles, a vibration based contact sensor, and modeled the biomechanics of grasping in birds. Also, during various internships he worked on projects in oceanography and aerospace at the University of Washington, Technical University of Berlin, Blue Origin, and Woods Hole Oceanographic institute.
2017 PhD Mech. Eng. Yale University
2013 MPhil Mech. Eng. Yale University
2012 MS Mech. Eng. Yale University
2010 BS Mech. Eng. F.W. Olin College of Engineering.
Robotic grasping and manipulation, robotic assembly and servicing, mechanism design