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Vlad Arutyunov currently serves as the Testbeds Lead for the Robotic Transfer Assembly System, a part of the Capture, Containment, and Return System for the Mars Sample Return campaign. Vlad's work has clustered around hardware development, operations development, systems engineering, and verification & validation of hardware systems for sample handling, sample acquisition, and surface gripping. He has contributed to or led teams for various flight and research projects. Vlad's primary research interests are related to Effective Altruism and longtermism.
8/2010 - 12/2015 California State University Northridge - B.S., Mechanical Engineering, minor in Sustainability. Cum Laude.
(2021-Present) Mars Sample Return (MSR) Campaign, Capture, Containment, and Return System (CCRS), Robotic Transfer Assembly System (RTAS), Testbeds Lead.
(2018-2021) Mars 2020 Rover, Sampling & Caching Subsystem (SCS), Adaptive Caching Assembly (ACA). ACA operations development and testing, V&V, and early Bit Exchange testing.
(2017-2018) Mars Science Laboratory, Surface Mission Engineering Operations; Feed-Extended Drilling (FED) early testing engineering support. Lead for engineering-model rover force-torque sensor replacement operation.
(2015-2017) Asteroid Redirect Mission, Capture Module; architecture development, design, assembly, integration, and testing for Microspine Gripper Tool drivetrain.
(2014) IRIS - In-situ & Remote Inspection Robot; Gecko Synthetic Adhesive (GSA) gripping end-effector mechanical design, build, and test.
Effective Altruism, longtermism, existential and catastrophic risks, emerging technologies, philosophy of engineering, philosophy of technology, philosophy of science, robotic systems engineering, extraterrestrial sampling and mobility, meta-engineering, engineering methodology, engineering education.
JPL Team Award, 2020
Mars 2020, Sampling and Caching Subsystem (SCS)
JPL Voyager Award, 2018
Mars Science Laboratory, Engineering Operations
NASA Honor Award, 2018
MSL VSTB Support and Upgrade Team – Group Achievement Award
JPL Team Award, 2016
Microspine Tool for the Asteroid Redirect Mission
Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America, 2015