Yoshiaki Kuwata is a Senior Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer at SpaceX, where he develops the entry and landing algorithms for the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket. Prior to joining SpaceX, he was a Technologist at JPL (2008-2012) and a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT (2007), developing and field-testing the planning and control systems of various types of autonomous vehicles, including fixed-wing aircraft, quadrotors, SUVs, planetary rovers, and sea surface vehicles. He has received his Ph.D. and S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and B.Eng. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Tokyo, Japan.