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Dr. Rudranarayan (Rudra) Mukherjee, JPL Lead for On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Rudranarayan (Rudra) Mukherjee is the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Lead for In Space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (ISAM). He is also the founder of the Space SMART Think Tank. For more than a decade, he has been Principal Investigator for various robotics research and technology projects for NASA, NOAA, DARPA, and other DoD and civil entities. His leadership experience includes NASA’s Strategic Capability Leadership Team for Rendezvous and Capture, Topic Area Manager for Strategic Technology Transfer and Research grants, roles in JPL’s Office of Strategic Planning and JPL’s Chief Technologist’s Office for Astrophysics, and ASME Technical Committee on Multibody Systems and Nonlinear Dynamics. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering and is author of more than fifty peer reviewed articles. When he is not advancing space technology, you can find him seeking inspiration from uncommon beauty in common places.

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