I am a PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Department and a member of the Center for Control, Dynamical-Systems, and Computation at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I work in Professor João Hespanha's research group. My current research is focused on optimization-based control and estimation of constrained systems and, in particular, output-feedback nonlinear model predictive control combined with moving horizon state estimation. My broader research interests include the control, modeling, analysis, and simulation of nonlinear and hybrid systems with applications to energy systems, autonomous vehicles, multi-agent systems, robotics, and biomedicine. I received my M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from UCSB in 2014. Previously, I worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in the Space Vehicles Directorate in the summer of 2011 in Albuquerque, NM. I received my B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona in 2011 where I performed research in the Hybrid Dynamics and Control Laboratory with Professor Ricardo Sanfelice who is now an Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
My other interests include science and engineering outreach programs aimed at exposing students in grades K-12 to educational and career opportunities in STEM fields.__________________________
July 2016: We presented at the 2016 American Control Conference in Boston, MA and won the Best Presentation of the Session Award.
September 2015: I was named CCDC Researcher of the Month.
August 2015: We presented at the Science and Engineering Council of Santa Barbara.
July 2015: We presented at the 2015 American Control Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
June 2015: We presented at the workshop on Recent Advances and Future Directions on Adaptation and Control in Chicago, Illinois.
April 2015: I was a finalist in the 2015 UCSB Grad Slam.__________________________