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   Andrew Mishkin
   Deputy Sequence Team Chief for Surface
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California
United States Of America
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High School: University High, Los Angeles,  CA
B.S. Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
M.S. Systems Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Background Information
I am a Los Angeles native – born in LA, grew up on the West Side, and graduated University High School. I graduated UCLA with a BS in Systems Engineering (man/machine systems) and an MS in Engineering (problem solving and decision making). I am a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa.

While in school I started a company that distributed some of the worst movies ever made (e.g. Plan 9 From Outer Space, etc.) and fresh out of school started two more companies – a venture capital proposal development company for technical ventures and a company that produced a Children’s Theater program for cable.

I came to JPL in 1986 and joined the automated systems section where I worked on various robotics efforts and a shuttle flight experiment. Then I stumbled onto a research task that demonstrated an embryonic version of autonomous rover navigation, using a prototype rover resurrected from the 1960’s. I have been working on rovers ever since.

I was a member of the Sojourner rover team, participating in the design, development, and commanding of the Mars Pathfinder Sojourner rover. I recently wrote a book called Sojourner about the history of the rover and the team that created it.

I came to MER in April 2000 as the Mission Operations System Engineer, and am now the Sequence Team Chief focused on surface operations.

My wife Sharon (also a MER systems engineer) and I live in Altadena. My interests include hiking, writing, photography, movie history, sculpting in steel, neon and bronze, reading and travel.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

On MER, I was the MOS (Mission Operations System) Development Manager, responsible for the design of the operations system and process that will be used to operate the Spirit and Opportunity rovers on the surface of Mars. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

Always pursue the work that you love to do. When I first came to JPL, I caught the "rover bug" early--I found that I wanted to work on robots that rolled, instead of robots that reached, robots that drove to new places rather than being bolted to the floor. [more personal reflections ...]