Ph.D. -- Robotics and Autonomous Systems
My research focuses on decision making under uncertainty for autonomous systems. In particular, I am interested in robotic agents that learn through environment interaction. The learning efficiency is increased by using available simulations of the robot and the environment.
M.S. -- Aerospace Engineering
I designed, built, and flew a novel quadrotor with variable-pitch propellers. The variable-pitch actuators enable aggressive and aerobatic flight previously impossible with multi-rotor helicopters. I also developed new flight control algorithms and autopilot hardware to control the vehicle.
Mechanical Design Engineer
As the sole mechanical engineer, I developed new heat management techniques for small radar devices resulting in a significant high-temperature performance increase. I also designed a new carbon-fiber, light-weight case for the radar encasement.
Mechanical Design Engineer
I designed a demo platform for integration of a new modem into a mobile communication ground station. I also performed thermal, structural, weight, and power analyses to optimize data link and modem case designs.
Advanced Machine Systems Engineer
I researched and tested a method that reduced tool run-out by 55% in contouring mills that manufacture diesel particulate filters. I also designed a novel mechanism enabling the cutting of wet ceramic extrusions to be performed by one person instead of two.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
I lived in the Rostov, Russia area for two years as a missionary. I provided leadership and training for 16 other volunteer representatives, overseeing operations in a geographical area covering over 300 miles. Interacting with Russian people each day, I learned to speak, read, and write Russian fluently.
Efficient reinforcement learning algorithms for robots through the principled use of simulated data.
Hailey (4), Rachel (2), and Aaron (0). Still trying to figure out how to tap into their energy supplies to try and heat our home.
Is there anyone who isn't interested in robots?
Been trying to automate my life one microcontroller at a time (long before people were talking about the "IoT").
Tennis, racquet ball, squash, ping-pong, badminton... If there is a racquet involved, count me in.
Growing up in Utah inevitably lead to an obsession with skiing and snowboarding. Unfortunately, due to a severe lack of real snow and/or mountains on the east coast, this one is temporarily on hold.
Many (probably most) people don't consider ultimate frisbee a real sport. Having played college level ultimate for 6+ years now, I might agree with them. It's still a great way to get some exercise, though.