Biography for John Wright

John Wright has been one of the rover planners for the Mars Exploration Rover missions since landing in January 2004. In this role, his duties include planning all articulated operations of the rover, including mobility and arm operations, on a daily basis. In addition, he is also one of the developers of the Rover Sequencing and Visualization Program used for building command sequences for the rovers and for simulating and visualizing rover activities. Prior to the MER mission, he worked on a variety of tasks involving visualization technology for other missions and non-NASA tasks. He is also currently involved in adapting the visualization tools for use with the upcoming Mars Science Laboratory mission and the ATHLETE robot.

Prior to joining JPL in 1994, John worked for over 9 years at Hughes Aircraft Co. on computer graphics algorithms for flight simulator applications. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and an M.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University.