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Baumgartner speaks at Notre Dame

Dr. Eric Baumgartner, dean of the college of engineering, was guest speaker, Sept. 2, at the first annual Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering kickoff luncheon at the University of Notre Dame.

His topic was “Innovations in Robotics: A Personal Journey.” Before joining ONU, Baumgartner spent 10 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., where he held a number of technical and management positions including a leadership role on the Mars Exploration Rover project that successfully launched, landed and operated the Spirit and Opportunity rovers on the Martian surface. Baumgartner was honored with the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2004 for his efforts on the Mars rover project and, in May 2008, Baumgartner, along with two of his colleagues at JPL, was presented with the 2008 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award.

He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.