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Tyler Del Sesto


4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91101

Member of:

347R - Robot Ops and V&V

Tyler Del Sesto

Member of Technical Staff


Tyler Del Sesto joined the Robot Operations Group in 2016. His work on rover control and navigation relates to the MSL and the Mars 2020 rovers. Previously, Tyler developed control algorithms and performed human testing for lower-limb robotic prosthetics at Carnegie Mellon University.


M.S. (2016) Mech. Engineering, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (focus: Controls, Simulation, and Biomechanical Interactions of Robotic Prosthetics)
B.S (2014) Mech. Engineering, Brown Univ. (focus: Systems and Design, Solid Mechanics)

Professional Experience

Robotics System Engineer at JPL (2016-present)
GNC Intern under Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies at Goddard SFC (2015)
Quality Engineering, Hardware Marketing, & Student Ambassador at The MathWorks, Inc. (2012-2016)

Research Interests

Control of Robotic Systems
Simulation Development and Testing
Autonomous Navigation
Human-Robot Interactions


  1. V. Verma, M. Maimone, T. Del Sesto, K. Kaplan, T. Srinivasan, B. Cohen, J. Maki, and A. Rankin, "Robotic Operations for the First Sample Depot on Mars," 2024 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, USA, 03 March 2024.
  1. A. Rankin, T. del Sesto, P. Hwang, H. Justice, M. Maimone, V. Verma, E. Graser, "Perseverance Rapid Traverse Campaign," 2023 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 7 March 2023, 07 March 2023.
  1. Shreyansh Daftry, Neil Abcouwer, Tyler Del Sesto, Siddarth Venkatraman, Jialin Song, Lucas Igel, Amos Byon, Ugo Rosolia, Yisong Yue, Masahiro Ono, "MLNav: Learning to Safely Navigate on Martian Terrains," IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), 07 March 2022.
  2. V. Verma, F. Hartman, A. Rankin, M. Maimone, T. Del Sesto, O. Toupet, E. Graser, S. Myint, K. Davis, D. Klein, J. Koch, S. Brooks, P. Bailey , H. Justice, M. Dolci, H. Ono, "First 210 solar days of Mars Perseverance Robotic Operations - Mobility, Robotics Arm, Sampling, and Helicopter," IEEE Aerospace Conference, 05 March 2022.
  3. S. Brooks, T. Litwin, J. Biesiadecki, N. Abcouwer, T. Del Sesto, M. McHenry, S. Myint, P. Twu, D. Wai, "Testing Mars 2020 Flight Software and Hardware in the Surface System Development Environment," IEEE Aerospace Conference, 01 March 2022.
  1. Michael McHenry, Neil Abcouwer, Jeffrey Biesiadecki, Johnny Chang, Tyler Del Sesto, Andrew Johnson, Todd Litwin, Mark Maimone, Jack Morrison, Richard Rieber, Olivier Toupet, Philip Twu, "Mars 2020 Autonomous Rover Navigation," Proceedings of the 43rd AAS Rocky Mountain Section guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado, 30 January 2020.