I was the lead rover engineer for the Mars Exploration Rover Project, or MER. I led the team of 20 mechanical engineers and supporting staff who designed and built the surface vehicles, which we call 'rovers', and their appendages or 'limbs'; the list of stuff included in that group of hardware includes the wheel assemblies, electrical motors and gear boxes, the rocker-bogie suspension, Warm Electronics Box (WEB), Rover Equipment Deck (RED), Rover Electronics Module (REM) chassis, solar array structures and mechanisms, Instrument Deployment Arm (IDD), Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT), High Gain Antenna Gimbal (HGAG), and the Pancam Mast Assembly (PMA). After the launch, I worked with the Projects' scientists in the Surface Properties Experiments group as a science team collaborator, and with the Mission Operations team where my focus was the rover's mobility on natural terrain and the performance of the vehicles 24 mechanisms.
I've been at JPL for 17 years. Previously, I was the lead mechanical engineer for a technology rover, called FIDO, before coming onto MER, and I was the High Gain Antenna Assembly engineer on the Mars Pathfinder Project, and the VIMS instrument structures and configuration engineer for the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. I received my masters degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and my bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.