Benjamin Morrell

Benjamin Morrell

NASA JPL

Benjamin Morrell is a Robotics Technologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, working on autonomous navigation technology for robots flying, exploring underground and in space. Previously he worked at JPL as a Post-Doctoral researcher after completing an internship there during his PhD. He completed his PhD at the University of Sydney in the School of Aerospace Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, the same institution where he completed his Bachelor’s of Aeronautical (Space) Engineering in 2013. Ben’s PhD thesis was focusing on autonomous navigation for aerial and space-based robots, considering localization, mapping, trajectory planning and control. In 2015, he was fortunate enough to receive the Australia to US, American Australian Association Fellowship to support a year of study at Texas A&M University. In addition to his core research, Ben has been involved in a range of activities including: 3D printing in Mars Mission Simulations, international drone control, and coordinating the Zero Robotics competition in Australia, where high school students get the opportunity to send their code to the International Space Station. While Chair of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Sydney Section in 2017, Ben co-led the organisation of an Australia-wide tour of astronauts (Astronaut Stories Australia) prior to the International Astronautical Congress. Ben is a motivated actor in trying to connect Australian students, researchers and entrepreneurs with opportunities, expertise and experience in the US space industry