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Tam Nguyen


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219
Pasadena, CA 91109





Tam T. Nguyen

Member of Technical Staff


Tam Nguyen is a member of the technical staff of the Robotic Software Systems Group - Mobility and Robotic Systems Section. He joined JPL in 1980 and has worked on various space flight missions such as the flight experiments on-board the Space Shuttle, the 1996 Mars Path Finder (MPF), and the 2003 Mars Exploration Rover (MER). He has also participated in numerous robotic wheeled vehicle research projects.

He is currently involved with the operations of the MER Project.


  • M.S. - Electrical Engineering (1982) - California State University, Long Beach.

  • B.S. - Physics and Chemistry (1973) - Faculty of Sciences, University of Saigon, VietNam.

  • Diploma (B.S. equivalent) - High School Teaching in Physics and Chemistry (1971) - Faculty of Pedagogy, University of Saigon, Vietnam.

Professional Experience

  • Developed flight software for various flight projects.

  • Developed software for robotic wheeled vehicle reseach projects.

  • Intergrated hardware & software for various research projects.

  • Developed scripts for extracting flight data.

Research Interests

  • Robotic wheeled vehicle software & hardware.
  • Software/Hardware Interface and Integration
  • Real-time systems.


  1. Andrew. H. Mishkin, J. Morrison, T. Nguyen, H. Stone, B. Cooper, B. Wilcox, "Experiences with Operations and Autonomy of the Mars Pathfinder Micro-Rover," Proceedings of the 1998 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Snowmass at Aspen, Colorado, 17 September 2020.
  1. R. Bonitz, T. Nguyen, W. Kim, "The Mars Surveyor '01 Rover and Robotic Arm," Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference (CDROM), paper no. 2.0301, 01 March 2000.
  1. Brian Wilcox and Tam Nguyen, "Sojourner on Mars and Lessons Learned for Future Planetary Missions," Proceedings of the 28th ICES International Conference on Environmental Systems, SAE Society of Automotive Engineers, Danvers, Massachusetts., 13 July 1998.
  1. Jack Morrison and Tam Nguyen, "On-Board Software for the Mars Pathfinder Micro-rover," Proceedings of the Second IAA International Conference on Low-Cost Planetary Missions, John Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, 01 April 1996.
  1. Brian Wilcox, "Robotic Vehicles for Planetary Exploration," Journal of Applied Intelligence, 2nd Qtr 1992, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston MA., pp. 181-193, 01 January 1992.