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Tonya Beatty


4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109

Member of:

347C - Extreme Environment Robotics Systems

Tonya Elizabeth Beatty

Mechanical Engineer


Tonya Beatty is a Mechanical Engineer in the Extreme Environment Robotics Group (347C) at JPL. She is currently supporting the Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Explorers (CADRE) project where she is responsible for aiding in the design of release mechanisms as well as assisting in the fabrication of the prototype rovers.

Prior to joining 347C, Tonya helped develop and design the mechanical systems and mechanisms necessary for a hybrid-autonomous rover (HAR-V) capable of traversing the extreme environment found on the Venusian surface through JPL. Additionally, she has done research in biologically inspired composite materials and has coordinated the design, fabrication, and testing of additively manufactured nozzle samples intended to aid in the research and development of the RS-25 engines used for the Space Launch System (SLS).


B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with Concentration in Aerospace Engineering from University of California, Berkeley (2021)

Professional Experience

Mechanical Engineer, Extreme Environment Robotics Group, JPL (December 2021-Present)

Component & Project Engineering Intern, Aerojet Rocketdyne (Summer 2021)

Undergraduate Student Researcher, UC Berkeley (June 2020-December 2021)

Ronald E. McNair Scholar and Intern (June 2020-December 2020)

Mechanical Engineering Intern, Technology Infusion Group, JPL (August 2018-June 2019)

Research Interests

Robotics, Rapid Prototyping, Additive Manufacturing, Composite Materials