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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay

Robotics Technologist 
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
California Institute of Technology 
Pasadena, CA, USA

Email: Saptarshi.Bandyopadhyay [at]

Link to JPL Robotics Webpage

Link to Google Scholar


  • Ph.D. (Aerospace Engineering, Dynamics and Control), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), 2016

  • M.Tech (Aerospace Engineering, Dynamics and Control), IIT Bombay, 2010.

  • B.Tech (Aerospace Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, 2010.


  • Awarded 2023 AIAA Spacecraft Structures Best Paper Award for M. Arya et. al., “Kilometer-Scale Parabolic Reflector for a Radio Telescope in a Lunar Crater,” AIAA SciTech Spacecraft Structures, 2023. [2023]

  • Awarded the JPL Discovery Bonus Award for the successful completion of the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (LCRT) NIAC Phase 1 and broad outreach within and outside of JPL [2021]

  • Awarded NASA Group Achievement Award for contributions to the OSIRIS-REx Independent Shape Modeling Team [2020]

  • Named a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) fellow for work on the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope on the far-side of the Moon [2020]

  • Awarded the JPL Discovery Bonus Award for the development of a novel perception algorithm for autonomous spacecraft approaching small bodies [2019]

  • Named Excellent Reviewer for the Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics between Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2016 [2016]

  • Awarded Best Presentation in my session at AIAA GNC Conference, SciTech [2015]

  • Awarded the Aerospace Alumni Advisory Board Fellowship at UIUC [2014]

  • Best Student Paper Finalist at the IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control (MSC), Antibes, France. [2014]

  • Awarded Stillwell Fellowship for pursuing PhD in Aerospace Engineering at UIUC [2011]

  • Awarded Boeing Scholarship by IIT Bombay for ‘exceptional overall performance’ [2010]

  • Won Gold Medal in the National Physics Olympiad [2005]

  • Won Gold Medal for India in 9th International Astronomy Olympiad held in Ukraine [2004]

  • Won Silver Medal in the 6th National Astronomy Olympiad [2004]

  • Won Gold Medal in the International Competition for Schools (Mathematics) by the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia [2000]

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