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Mars Rover driver visits SAIT

April 21, 2016


Matthew Heverly, the mobility engineer for the Mars Rover 2020, has landed at SAIT.

Today, the engineer in Mobility and Robotics at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory toured Applied Research and Innovation Services and will be the keynote speaker at tonight's School of Manufacturing and Automation Student Showcase. Tomorrow, SAIT staff and students will hear about his other-worldly excursions at noon in the Irene Lewis Atrium. Heverly will talk about his three-year experience as the lead driver of the Curiosity Rover and current mission with the Rover 2020.

Jocelyn Kabatoff, marketing and communications specialist for the School of Manufacturing and Automation, said Heverly comes from a polytechnic background. "Matt is such an interesting person," she said. "He graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the California Polytechnic State University and has a master's degree in robotics from Boston University. I hope students will see that they're only limited by their imagination when it comes to an applied education; Matt's education has taken his work to another planet."

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