Christopher Nicol received his B.Eng and M.A.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering concentrating on Space Systems Design from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His research interests include autonomous science for planetary rovers including intelligent systems for target identification. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in the field of Astrobiology and Autonomous Robotics with Carleton University’s Space Exploration Engineering Group as a part of the Canadian Astrobiology Training Program.

Chris is originally from the United States and moved to Ottawa in 2007 to obtain his B.Eng. in Space Systems Design. Chris joined the Space Exploration Engineering Group in 2010, working on the Kapvik micro rover program as an undergraduate researcher. His responsibilities on the project included thermal analysis and design of the avionic enclosure, mechanism design for the custom pan-tilt units onbaord the rover, mechanical layout of rover subsystems, and assembly and testing of rover subsystems.

As a graduate researcher, Chris has worked on a variety of topics related to planetary exploration and robotic navigation and control. Chris lead an European Space Agency’s Advanced Concepts Team study on robotic localization of Martian methane using a rover platform. Chris has also been involved in the on-line estimation of soil parameters for use in planetary exploration missions.

Upon graduation Chris is interested in a position working on spacecraft mobility and control systems.