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Carl Ruoff
Division Technologist

  • B.S., Mathematics, with honors, California State University at Long Beach (1967)
  • M.S., Physics UCLA (1971)
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, minor in Computer Science, Caltech (1993)

Research Interests
  • Technology development and planning for advanced scientific investigations
  • Advanced computing
  • Intelligent systems

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1978-Present)
    • Division Technologist, Observational Systems Division and Science Division (2001-Present)
    • Manager, Space Microsensors Technology/In-Situ technology and Experiments Section (2001)
    • Manager, Device Research and Applications Section (346) (2000-2001)
    • Technology Manager, Mars Science and Advanced Missions Office (1999-2000)
    • Division Technologist, Avionic Systems and Technology Division (1994-1999)
    • Manager, Robotic Systems and Advanced Computer Technology Section (1993-1994)
    • Member, Section Staff, Robotic Systems and Advanced Computer Technology Section (1993)
    • Automation Technologist, TAP Automation and Spacecraft Technology Program (1991-1993)
    • Pathfinder Microrover (Sojourner) Technologist (1992-1993)
    • Acting Supervisor, Robotic Intelligence Group (1990-1991)
    • Manager, Core Telerobotics Research (TAP) (1988-1989)
    • Robotics Research Group Supervisor (1984-1985)
    • Member, Robotic Systems Section Staff (1982-1984)
    • Supervisor, Robotics and Teleoperator Group (1979-1982)
    • Member of Technical Staff, Robotics and Teleoperator Group (1978-1979)
  • Visiting Associate in Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (1996-2000)
  • Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCLA (1995-Present)
  • Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (1984-1985)
  • Member of Technical Staff, General Electric R&D Center (1977-1978)
  • Staff Engineer, Bendix Corporation (1972-1977)
  • Teaching Assistant, UCLA Department of Physics (1968-1969 and 1970-1971)
  • Systems Programmer, Information International (1971)
  • Scientific Programmer, McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft Company (1967-1970)
  • Mechanical Designer, Arrowhead Metal Products, Philco-Ford, TRW, Purex (1961-1967)

Selected Awards
  • Honors Group, 19th Annual Westinghouse Science Talent Search (1960)
  • Phi-Kappa-Phi, national academic honor society (1966)
  • McDonnell-Douglas Graduate Scholarship (1968)
  • Bendix Corporation Gatekeeper in Artificial Intelligence (1975-1977)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award (1983)
  • JPL Outstanding Mentor Award (1996)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Technology Working Group (2006)
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2008)

Selected Publications
  1. Ruoff, C., "Technologies for Mars Exploration and Sample Return," Paper AIAA 99-4447, AIAA 1999 Space Technology Conference, Albuquerque, NM (September 1999)
  2. Skaar, S. and Ruoff, C., Eds. Teleoperation and Robotics in Space, AIAA press (1994)
  3. Ruoff, C., "Overview of Space Robotics," in Teleoperation and Robotics in Space, S. Skaar, C. Ruoff, Eds. AIAA press (1994)
  4. Ruoff, C., Robotic Hand-Eye Motor Learning, Ph. D. Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California (1993)
  5. Ruoff, C., Varsi, G., Culick, F., and Burdick, J., Automation Technologies Thrust Program Plan, Report # JPL D-9663, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, November (1992)
  6. Ruoff, C., Varsi, G., Culick, F., and Burdick, J., Projected Automation Technology Requirements 1992-2011, Report # JPL D-9306, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California (May 1992)
  7. Ruoff, C., The Benefit to American Industry From Using Robotics and Advanced Automation in Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Office of Technology and Applications Programs (February 1992)
  8. Ruoff, C., "Space Robotics in the 90s," Aerospace America, Vol 27, No. 8 (August 1989)

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