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Mike Seibert

Mike SEibert

PhD Candidate
Space Resources

Motivation and interests

In situ manipulation and filtering of lunar regolith using robotic systems to support ISRU and science investigations.

Mars surface ISRU to support initial human exploration of Mars, specifically exploring how hydrated minerals can be used as a water source.


  • BS in Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2005
  • MEng in Space Operations, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 2011
  • PhD Candidate in Space Resources, Colorado School of Mines

Professional Background

  • 2018 – Present: Senior Robotic Systems Engineer, Maxar Technologies
  • 2005 – 2017: Mission Operations Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory


  • 2019-Present: Sample Acquisition, Morphology Filtering, and Probing of Lunar Regolith (SAMPLR)
    • Co-Investigator
    • Systems Engineer, Operations Lead, and Science Liaison
  • 2018-2020: Remote Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites robotic arm assembly
    • Systems Engineer 
  • 2017: Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity)
    • Testbed and Engineering support
  • 2005 – 2017: Mars Exploration Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity)
    • Lead Flight Director (2011-2017)
    • Senior Rover Driver (2014-2017)
    • Mission Manager (2010-2017)
    • Tactical Uplink Lead (2007-2010)
    • Tactical Activity Planner (2006-2007)
    • Ground Data System Analyst (2005-2007)


  • Calef, F.J. III; Seibert, M. & Cohen, B. (2019, July) Go Where You Know: Begin Human Exploration of Mars at Low Latitudes. Poster presentation at the Ninth International Conference on Mars, Pasadena, CA. Abstract Link.
  • Cohen, B & Seibert, M. (2015, October) The Land of Opportunity: Human Return to Meridiani Planum. Presented at the First Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars. Houston, TX. Abstract Link. Presentation Link.