Virtual Conference: November 1 – 5, 2021
Josh began his career as a mechanical engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in 2006, joining the lab to support the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity Rover) mission. Since joining, he has contributed mechanical hardware to many flight missions, most recently serving as the Mechanical Engineering Lead for the Mars Helicopter (Ingenuity) mission, a small, drone-sized helicopter that is currently operating on the surface of Mars in conjunction with the Perseverance Rover and in early spring 2021 demonstrated the first aerial rotorcraft flight on another planet. In his capacity as Mechanical Engineering Lead, Josh was responsible for design, build, and delivery of the JPL components on the helicopter, the overall top assembly configuration, integration of the Flight vehicle, and shepherding it through its various test and assembly venues through final integration onto the Perseverance Rover. In addition to his mechanical engineering roles, Josh is also currently a Group Supervisor in JPL’s Payload & Small Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering Section. Josh holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley (2004), and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from UM Ann Arbor (2006).