Academic Appointments


  • Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics

Administrative Appointments


  • Assistant Professor, Boston University (2012 - 2015)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania (2010 - 2012)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT (2009 - 2011)
  • Automation Engineer, Applied Materials, Inc (2000 - 2002)

Honors & Awards


  • Best Paper Finalist, International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (2016)
  • King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award, IEEE Transactions on Robotics (2016)
  • Early Career Research Excellence Award, Boston University College of Engineering (2015)
  • CAREER Award, NSF (2014)
  • Best Paper Finalist, International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (2011)
  • Best Paper Award, Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB) (2008)
  • Best Paper Finalist, International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (2008)

Professional Education


  • PhD, MIT, Mechanical Engineering (2009)
  • MS, MIT, Mechanical Engineering (2005)
  • BS, Stanford, Mechanical Engineering (2000)

Stanford Advisees


  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Edward Balaban, Ashley Clark, Duncan Eddy, Brandon Fetroe, Vince Giralo, Zack Hammond, Kyle Julian, Vincent Laurense, Corinne Lippe, Aditya Mahajan, Jake Sganga, Sumant Sharma, Sumeet Singh, Nathan Stacey, David Stonestrom, Josh Sullivan, Adam Wiktor
  • Orals Chair
    Stephen Yang
  • Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor
    Negar Zahedi Mehr
  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Adam Caccavale, Eric Cristofalo, Preston Culbertson, Ravi Haksar, Trevor Halsted, Jun En Low, Haruki Nishimura, Kunal Shah, Nathan Usevitch, Mingyu Wang
  • Orals Evaluator
    Ashley Clark, Sumant Sharma, Sumeet Singh, Josh Sullivan
  • Master's Program Advisor
    Caitlin Driscoll, Racheal Erhard, Bernard Lange, Ben Moore, Jeff Park, Zan Xu, Fengjun Yang
  • Doctoral (Program)
    Claire Chen

All Publications