LCSR Seminar: Panel on Careers in Robotics A Panel Discussion With Experts From Industry and Academia

April 27, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Ashley Moriarty

Link for Live Seminar

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  • Courtney Schmitt, BE-3U Lead Controls Engineer, Blue Origin (JHU Class of 2018, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, JHU Class of 2019, M.S.E. Robotics)
    • Courtney is the lead controls engineer at Blue Origin for the BE-3U Engine. Courtney joined Blue Origin in 2019 after completing her Masters in Robotics and her Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Before joining Blue Origin, Courtney completed an internship at Virgin Galactic and worked at an autonomous underwater vehicle startup. While at Johns Hopkins she participated in a variety of research including a project to map the locations of black holes in the universe, researching autonomous vehicles, and working with the Space Telescope Science Institute for her senior design capstone project. In 2018, she was selected to receive the Brooke Owens Fellowship, a competitive fellowship awarded to women pursuing careers in the space industry. Courtney was also recently named to the 20 under 35 SSPI list in 2021.
      Outside of work hours, Courtney volunteered for the Community School of Baltimore during her undergraduate studies as a STEM educator. She was a co-founder and President of the JHU chapter of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) with the goal of bringing together the space community at JHU across a variety of majors and disciplines. She has frequently mentored students as well as an all-girls First Robotics team from the Museum of Flight in Washington.
  • Rachel Hegeman, Software Engineer, Waymo (JHU Class of 2016, B.S. Mechanical Engineering & B.S. Applied Math, JHU Class of 2019, M.S.E. Computer Science)
    • Hi, my name is Rachel and I like robots. I started working with underwater robots at JHU in the Dynamical Systems and Control Lab (DSCL) in 2015, and after graduating undergrad I spent a few years with the JHU Applied Physics Lab (JHUAPL) working on experimental reconnaissance systems. At this time, I also worked with the Biomechanical and Image Guided Surgical Systems Lab (BIGSS) to ascertain the efficacy of various autonomous surgical systems and imaging techniques. I got my Masters in Computer Science in 2019, and then headed west for a job with Waymo working on reasoning within the vehicle’s planner. At Waymo, I just recently transferred teams to focus more on trajectory optimization.
  • Ann Majewicz Fey
  • Amanda Zimmet