About me

I am a PhD student in Robotics at Oregon State University, advised by Dr. Jonathan Hurst and Dr. Ross L. Hatton. I am a member of the Dynamic Robotics Lab where I study modeling, control and motion planning as applied to legged robots. My research generally focuses on robust and agile bipedal locomotion, particularly applied to Agility Robotics’ Cassie Robot. I am currently working on methods that combine the power of deep learning, observed principles of legged locomotion from biologists and knowledge of the physics of locomotion.

During my undergrad I worked as a research assistant in Dr. C. David Remy’s RAMlab (Robotics and Motion Laboratory) where I worked with RAMone, a series elastic planar biped designed to study efficient locomotion.

I also worked as a research assistant in a lab group lead by Dr. Glenn Green, M.D., and Dr. David Zopf, M.D., in the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In this research I primarily worked on creation of patient specific surgical reference models and high fidelity surgical training models for pediatric procedures. Some of the models I contributed to are now sold through a University of Michigan startup, Make Medical.

I am originally from Saint Joseph, Michigan. I received my B.S.E in Mechanical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Michigan in 2017. Outside of academic research labs, I interned at Whirlpool Corp. and Jenesis International. At Whirlpool I worked in Computer-Aided Engineering performing test analysis and model correlation on vertical axis washing machines as well as in Advanced Development on dishwasher dry systems. At Jenesis International I worked on several different projects designing, prototyping and testing LED products.

More information of my current and previous work can be found on the projects page.