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Xavier Zapien


4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91101

Member of:

347A - Embedded Robotic Systems

Xavier Alexander Zapien

Electrical Engineer


Xavier Zapien holds an MEng and BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT. During his Masters, he developed a nanosatellite power system for low power in a wafer-like satellite.
Xavier joined JPL’s Robotic Actuation and Sensing group in 2020.


Masters of Engineering in Electrical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019.

Professional Experience

LinkedIn: Link

Current Projects:

SRL Landing Vision System - EGSE Lead

Europa Lander Lidar Field Test - Electrical Engineer and I&T Lead

IceNode - Lead Electrical Engineer

NIOSH MASHER - Electrical Engineer

COLDArm - EGSE Cognizant Engineer

Past Projects:

Europa Lander Intelligent Landing System Field Test - Hardware Lead and I&T Lead


  1. Evan Bock Clark, Andrew Branch, Rebecca Castano, Ian Fenty, Christine Gebara, Ara Kourchians, Daniel Limonadi, Gauri Madhok, Patrick McGarey, Flora Mechentel, Kelly Nguyen, Tyler Okamoto, Eric Rignot, Federico Rossi, Brendan Santos, Justin Schachter, Michael Schodlok, Dane Schoelen, Timothy Stanton, Joshua Vander Hook, Ben Wolsieffer, Xavier Zapien, "IceNode: a Buoyant Vehicle for Acquiring Well-Distributed Long-Duration Melt Rate Measurements under Ice Shelves," OCEANS 2021: San Diego – Porto, pp. 1-10, 20 September 2021.