Marc Brooks

Baltimore, MD 21223 · (410) 900-8981 ·

Mr. Brooks is a Robotics Software Test Engineer for the OSAM-1 program at NASA. His background and interests primarily revolve around robotic and embedded system development, focusing on electronics, hardware design, control, localization, perception, and system integration in robots and autonomous vehicles. Past projects have involved platforms of various sizes, ranging from meso-scale biomimetic platforms to large Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs). He is proficient in C/C++, Python, Linux, ANVEL, and Robot Operating System (ROS). He also has experience with Genetic/Evolutionary Algorithms, vehicle routing problems, Message Passing Interface (MPI), Unreal Engine, and the Open Graphics Library (OpenGL).

My aim is to help further applied research in autonomous mobility for robotic systems using my electrical & computer engineering expertise.


OSAM-1 Robot Test Engineer

NASA (SAIC Contractor)


May 2021 - Present

Sr. Robotics Software Engineer

Oceaneering - Mobile Robotics Innovation Lab


Feb 2020 - May 2021

Research Engineer

Southwest Research Institute - Automated Vehicles Group

Mr. Brooks worked in the Unmanned Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), where his work focused primarily on autonomous vehicle projects for military and automotive industry customers. He has been involved in projects dealing with autonomous maintenance of agricultural plots of land. He worked on prototypes for detection, tracking, and reporting instances of wrong-way drivers to Department of Transportation Traffic Management Centers. He has modeled and simulated optical radiation for unmanned aerial system operation, injecting pre-generated radiation model camera images into a hardware-in-the-loop aerial vehicle simulator for testing the robustness of computer vision algorithms. He also developed semi- and fully-autonomous vehicle behaviors with the use of ANVEL, a real-time engineering simulation tool. This includes behaviors such as augmented teleoperation of robotic vehicles. He also implemented visual impairment models in Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR) for development alongside hardware design.

July 2017 - Feb 2020


Robotic Research LLC - Sensing & Perception Team

Mr. Brooks worked in the sensing department at Robotic Research LLC, where he focused primarily on developing ROS compliant Inertial Navigation Systems, and electronic hardware. He also integrated/retrofit robotic sensors, control systems, and end-effectors into multiple unmanned ground vehicles (UGV).

Oct 2012 - Feb 2016

Robotics Research Engineer

Army Research Lab (Motile Robotics Inc Contractor)

Mr. Brooks's first portion of his career consisted of contracted work as a robotics engineer at the Army Research Lab Vehicle Technology Directorate. Working on the Microsystems Team, Marc worked to develop a meso-scale under-actuated biomimetic platform, using evolutionary algorithms to guide the design process. He was involved in mass production of a Micro Autonomous System Technologies (MAST) Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA) ambulating platform.

June 2009 - Oct 2012


Morgan State University

Bachelor of Science
Computer Science

GPA: 4.0

January 2016- May 2017

University of Marland College Park

Advanced Special Student
Logic Synthesis and Verification Algorithms
January 2011 - May 2011

Morgan State University

Bachelor of Science
Electrical Engineering
August 2003 - May 2009

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

Engineering Track
August 2002 - May 2006


Programming Languages & Tools


Apart from being a roboticist, I enjoy most of my time being outdoors. In the winter, I am a snowboarder. During the warmer months, I enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, camping and hiking.

When forced indoors, I work on various personal robotics and machine learning projects, I am an aspiring chef, and I spend a large amount of my free time exploring the latest technology advancements in the robotics world.

Awards & Certifications

  • Outstanding Presentation in Computer Science/Mathematics - 24th Annual Undergraduate and Graduate Research Symposium 2017
  • Best Senior Project Presentation 2009