Dr. Hendrik Kolvenbach
Robotics Technologist

Hendrik received his B.Sc. and M.Sc.in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University in 2013 and 2014, respectively. After a training period at the European Space Agency from 2014 to 2016, he joined the Robotic Systems Lab of ETH Zurich to pursue a doctoral degree, which he concluded in 2021. His research interests include robotic system design, space exploration, and the use of technologies to solve the worlds most pressing issues.

Work experience
Postdoc in Robotics (Robotic Systems Lab)
ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland2021-ongoing
Phd student in Robotics (Robotic Systems Lab)
ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland2016-2021
German National Trainee in the Robotics Section (TEC-MMA)
European Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands2014-2016
M.Sc. thesis student
German Aerospace Center, Bremen, Germany2013-2014
Student assistant in the Media computing group (Computer Science chair 10)
RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany2010-2013
B.Sc. thesis student and internship
Airbus Defence and Space, Immenstaad, Germany2012
Summer School Program (SSP16) in Haifa, Israel
International Space University2016
B.Sc/M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering
RWTH Aachen University, Germany2008-2014
Semester abroad
Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea2011
Talks, Presentations and Media Coverage
Legged robots for space exploration
Podcast with TechBriefs.com05.08.2020
This robot can tell when sewers need repairing by scratching the walls
Interview with the NewScientist04.06.2020
SpaceBok and co, towards legged robots for space exploration
German Aerospace Center, Munich, Germany19.02.2020
SpaceBok: The jumping space robot
Interview with TCT magazine31.12.2019
Space exploration with legged robots
Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan02.09.2019