Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (2019)

Advisor: Dr. Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Director of MIT Mechatronics Research Laboratory

Research: Design of an Omnidirectional Soft Tactile Sensor with Applications in Leak Detection

California Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Aerospace Engineering (2017)

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Publications

Badescu, M., Okamoto, T., Backes, P., Moreland, S., Riccobono, D., Kugel, M., Brinkman, A., Choukroun, M., Molaro, J., Newbold, T., Heness, A. (2021). The Dual-Rasp Sampling System Design with Closed Pneumatic Sample Transfer. IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings, 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1109/AERO50100.2021.9438498

Choukroun, M., Backes, P., Cable, M., Fayolle, E., Hodyss, R., Murdza, A., … Okamoto, T., Riccobono, D., Zacny, K. (2021). Sampling Plume Deposits on Enceladus’ Surface to Explore Ocean Materials and Search for Traces of Life or Biosignatures. The Planetary Science Journal, 2, 100. https://doi.org/10.3847/PSJ/abf2c5

Choukroun, M., Backes, P., Cable, M., Hodyss, R., Badescu, M., Molaro, J., Moreland, S., Nordheim, T., Okamoto, T., Zacny, K. (2021). Sampling Ocean Materials, Traces of Life or Biosignatures in Plume Deposits on Enceladus’ Surface. Bulletin of the AAS, 53. https://doi.org/10.3847/25c2cfeb.78e80c4f

Clark, E. B., Branch, A., Castano, R., Fenty, I., Gebara, C., Kourchians, A., Limonadi, D., Madhok, G., McGarey, P., Mechentel, F., Okamoto, T., Rignot, E., Rossi, F., Santos, B., Schachter, J., Schodlok, M., Schoelen, D., Stanton, T., Vander Hook, J., … Zapien, X. (2021). IceNode: a Buoyant Vehicle for Acquiring Well-Distributed, Long-Duration Melt Rate Measurements under Ice Shelves. Global Oceans Conference. https://doi.org/10.23919/OCEANS44145.2021.9705733

Dhaouadi, W., Marteau, E., Kolvenbach, H., Choukroun, M., Molaro, J. L., Hodyss, R., Backes, P., Moreland, S., Badescu, M., Okamoto, T., & others. (2020). Robotic Exploration of Enceladus’ Surface: Sampling, Testing, and Modeling. IROS Workshop on Planetary Exploration Robots: Challenges and Opportunities (PLANROBO20). https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000450122

Okamoto, T. (2019). Design of an omnidirectional soft tactile sensor with applications in leak detection [Master’s Thesis, MIT]. MIT DSpacehttps://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/128334


Honors and Awards

• 2021 JPL Discovery Award - for successful Zero Gravity field test for the Enceladus Dual-Rasp system

2017 Robert L. Noland Leadership Award – for exceptional leadership abilities and for encouraging leadership in others

2016 Henry Ford II Scholar Award – for best academic record of mechanical engineers at Caltech in my class

• International RoboSub Competition: 1st Place Winner (2016), 4th Place Finalist (2015), Best New Entry (2014)

• Admitted to Tau Beta Pi (2016) – Engineering Honor Society


Research Interests

Robotic Systems

Sampling Mechanisms

Space Exploration

Rapid Prototyping

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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