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   Ted Iskenderian
   Senior Mechanical Engineer, Cognizant Engineer of Rover Lift Mechanism
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California
United States Of America
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High School: Don Bosco Technical Institute, Rosemead,  CA
BS Mechanical Engineering, Cal Poly Pomona

Background Information
I grew up in Pasadena, attended a technical high school where I learned manufacturing skills. Worked a short time as an apprentice machinist, and then decided to go to college, not sure of what profession to enter. I was afraid of engineering because my mathematics scores were only average, but my experience and aptitude tests showed that engineering was my best fit. I took remedial math courses and finally graduated as a Mechanical Engineer. I am still working at the first job I selected upon graduating, and I love this environment. JPL people are terrific to work with.

I have always been interested in unusual technologies, for example: steam engines (unusual now!), human powered vehicles (some of which are called bicycles), Nikola Tesla’s inventions, etc. Bicycling and photography

Contributions to Mars Exploration

I designed and produced the Rover Lift Mechanism. It raises the rover off its platform when it is ready to roll. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

Do lots of different things, have lots of interesting friends and acquaintances. You need to get this cross-disciplinary input so that you can have many good ideas. Yes, you must also study math and science. [more personal reflections ...]