DaveDave Bothman does a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff and management.






Mrigank Sharma is a postdoctoral researcher and received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.



Brian at WorkBrian Gibson is the original founder of Team Badass and the chief operator of the UHF Vibrometer System. Whatchu know about vibrometry, son??




KamalaKamala Qalandar is basically the goddess of COMSOL. She’s working on the DEFYS project right now.




LilyLily Li‘s got the team on her back. She does work with bifurcations like nobody’s business.




AliceYuhui (Alice) Ma received her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. During her undergraduate years, she was awarded a number of scholarships from School of Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Department. She worked in Electronic Packaging group as a Research Assistant under the supervision of Prof. Matthew Yuen, with research interests of printed electronics and thermal interface materials. In September 2010, she joined the Mechanical Engineering department at UCSB under the supervision of Prof. Kimberly Turner. Her current research is focused on the design and simulation of frequency dividers using nonlinear resonances.


JohnJohn Tamelier was an exchange student at the Munich University of Applied Sciences in 2002-2003, got his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Cal Poly SLO in 2004, and attained his Ph.D. working for the Turner group in 2013.

He started working in the Mechanics of Microscale Systems Lab in 2007 with the intention of creating a gecko synthetic adhesive. Initially, he was involved in the creation of magnetically and thermally actuated gecko-inspired adhesives. More recently, he has created more compliant adhesives using microfabrication techniques to create negative molds which are then filled with a polymer. To test these materials for adhesion and friction forces, he uses a self-built microtribometer with small incremental motion (~100 nm) and force resolution (3 mN).

When he has a break from his work at the university, he enjoys hiking with his wife in the mountains around Santa Barbara. During longer vacations, he prefers to go backpacking in one of the scenic national parks nearby. He also enjoys learning Italian and is currently trying to finish his first children’s book.


SeanSean Chiu is an undergraduate student in mechanical engineering and sometimes enjoys writing about himself in the third person.