What Dr. Ashley Stroupe likes about working with robots is that she knows she's helping in areas where people can't safely go. Also, working in robotics can be a lot like playing with toys at work! Ashley received a bachelor's degree in physics from Harvey Mudd College in 1990, a master's degree in electrical engineering from George Mason University in 1998, another master's degree in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001, and a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003--she has been busy! Dr. Stroupe is now an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Her research focuses on multi-robot teams in complex environments and behavior-based control, with applications to exploration and mapping, dynamic target observation, and cooperative manipulation. She is currently the technical lead for the Robotic Construction Crew Project, in which a team of robots cooperatively transports and stacks interlocking beams to build a structure as a prototype for planetary and Lunar habitat construction. In addition to research, Dr. Stroupe works with the Mars Exploration Rover Project, analyzing performance of the mobility and manipulation systems. She has published multiple conference papers, book chapters, and journal articles in robotics and in her free time she likes to read and travel.