Paul van Susante's Profile

  • Member for:
    2 years 8 months
  • Institution:
    Michigan Technological University


Dr. van Susante grew up in The Netherlands, received a Master of Science from Delft University of Technology in 2001 in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Building Engineering. He then went to the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) to participate in NASA research and received a Master of Science in Engineering Systems from CSM in 2004 followed by a Ph.D in Engineering Systems from CSM in 2011. Dr. van Susante taught Freshman, Sophomore and Senior Design as well as Mechanics of Materials for five years at CSM before coming to Michigan Technological University in 2012. He was a NASA Faculty Fellow in 2010 and consulted for a variety of companies on SBIR or STTR projects such as University of Arizona, Sysrand Corporation, Energid, HoneyBee Robotics and others. He has been involved in research projects for many customers including Lockheed Martin, DARPA, NASA KSC, JPL, Bechtel, Caterpillar, NCHRP, NSF and others.

Paul's research projects

Lunar Excavation Rover for NASA Lunabotics Competition

The Mining INnovation Enterprise (MINE) is participating in the NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition for the first time. The competition requires designing, building, testing and competing an autonomous excavation robot and can travel through an obstacle area. Please help support our project today!

Autonomous Mining Rover for Mining Gypsum on Mars

MINE is a student-led program that is designed to teach the engineering process for future challenges in the mining industry. Space mining is an upcoming industry within engineering fields that in the next 20 years will become a multi-trillion dollar industry. In the program, we are building an autonomous Earth-based rover that will be able to test and carry a payload on Mars.

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