As a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bucknell University, I pursue research and teaching interests in system dynamics, controls, robotics, and vehicle dynamics. This website offers insight into my background and interests as well as listing my current activities.
- Spring 2011Stanford University - Stanford, CA
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering
Thesis: Applications of Model Predictive Control to Vehicle Dynamics for Active Safety and Stability
My dissertation describes a framework for using model predictive control to assist drivers in maintaining control of a vehicle in highly dynamic situations. Key to the controller development are models that represent essential tire nonlinearities. Experimental results demonstrate the efficacy of my envelope controller in maintaining control of the vehicle and proofs of controller behavior describe the nominal and worst-case dynamics in the case of sudden friction changes.
- April 2007Stanford University - Stanford, CA
M.S. Mechanical Engineering
- May 2005Bucknell University - Lewisburg, PA
B.S. with Honors in Mechanical Engineering
GPA: 4.0/4.0 (Summa Cum Laude)
I have acted as an instructor, advisor, mentor, and teaching assistant for students and courses at Stanford University and Bucknell University. I enjoy interacting with students and getting the chance to shape the way that they approach solving problems. Please check out my Teaching Experience page for a more complete description of my teaching background.
My research interests lie in dynamics and controls. My dissertation research focuses on the application of model predictive control to vehicles for driver assistance and active safety. I have also worked in mechatronics (specifically animatronics), and nonlinear control. Please check out my Research Experience page for a more complete description of my research background.
- Summer 2005Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, Owego, NY - Installation Engineering
Performed stress analysis for an equipment rack to be installed on the MH-60 series of naval helicopters. Co-authored a safety-of-flight stress analysis report detailing the results.
- Summer 2004Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, Owego, NY - Installation Engineering
Designed a dummy radar antenna mechanism for checking clearances before final radar installation on the MH-60 series of naval helicopters. Created a database used for tracking the weight of equipment installed on the aircraft.
- Summer 2003Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management
Attended seminars and discussion sessions focused on leadership at the intersection of the fields of engineering and management. With a multi-disciplinary final project team, consulted for a business software company to focus the company's portfolio of services and improve the company's market share in the regional market.
- 2010-presentAmerican Society for Engineering Education
- 2004-presentTau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
- 2003-presentAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Honors and Awards:
- June 2010Best Presentation in Session - 2010 American Control Conference
- 2005-2008Stanford Graduate Fellow
- 2004-2005Tau Beta Pi National Scholarship
- January 2000Eagle Scout