I am currently a research associate in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, working in Ufuk Topcu's group. I am looking forward to starting my appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, with a cross-appointment in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in January 2019. Until January, I am in a nominal 0% appointment as an adjunct assistant professor at the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

Generally, my loyalties lie with control theory. At this time, I am most interested in the intersection of control and learning in complex environments. The broad question that I am exploring is: How to ensure safe behavior of systems operating in scenarios where only limited knowledge of the system and the environment is available? In particular, my recent work focuses on real-time control of systems with unknown dynamics, with the primary example of an aircraft that sustains significant damage mid-flight, and on control of systems in partially known environments through reinforcement learning. I am currently interested in developing a formal theory of deception, and analysis of deceptive strategies.

I am currently interested in advising one or more graduate students interested in dynamics, systems control, and/or learning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, starting in 2019. Please contact me if you wish to discuss further.

Research interests and biography aside, I take enormous joy in teaching. I am passionate about working with students and excited about learning and implementing novel approaches in education.