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Tyler Okamoto


4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91101



Member of:

347C - Extreme Environment Robotics

Tyler Okamoto

Member of Technical Staff


Tyler Okamoto is a Robotics Technologist in the Robotic Climbers and Grippers Group (347M) of JPL. He is developing a robot designed to sample the surface of Enceladus and is working various projects for the US Navy.

Prior to joining JPL, Tyler was a research assistant at the MIT Mechatronics Research Lab where he developed soft, multi-axis robotic sensors for detecting leaks in water pipe networks. At Caltech, he managed the Caltech Robotics Team which created a multifunctional autonomous submarine, was a TA for a MechE lab class, and worked on a reconfigurable space telescope mission.


M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2019) from MIT
Research Area: Designing a Soft Omnidirectional Tactile Feedback Sensor with Application in Leak Detection
Research Advisor: Prof. Kamal Youcef-Toumi
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with Minor in Aerospace Engineering (2019) from Caltech

Professional Experience

Robotics Technologist Robotic Climbers and Grippers (2019-present)
Research Assistant at the MIT Mechatronics Research Lab (2017-2019)
Teaching Assistant for the ME50 lab at Caltech (2017)
Tooling Engineer Intern at SpaceX (2016)
Robotics Engineer Intern at JPL (2015)

Research Interests

Robotic sampling mechanisms, robotic mobility systems, autonomous mapping, manipulation