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Engineering on the Red Planet

Brett Kennedy

Brett Kennedy got into robotics because he liked the fact that it requires a very broad knowledge of many areas of engineering. He especially loves identifying and tackling problems that haven’t been tried before. To do what he loves, he pursued engineering in school. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.S. in the same area from Stanford University. His current work at JPL includes lots of robots—everything from the Legged Excursion Mechanical Utility Robot (LEMUR) to the Mars Exploration Rovers, twin rovers that will be sent to Mars in May and June 2003. In his free time, he likes to play soccer, practice photography, and even train for triathlons! He’d like to advise students interested in engineering that, "while being good at science and math is important, a good imagination and good communication skills are at least as important" to being a successful engineer.

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