Control, Robotics, Machine Learning

I received my B.S. in Physics and Engineering with electrical emphasis from Hope College.  While there, I designed automated part inspection systems for Lakeshore Vision and Robotics.  I also worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in the modeling, control, and construction of a reconfigurable tetrahedral rover.  I received my Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, emphasizing in control theory, robotics, and machine learning.  While at Illinois, I was a member of the Language Acquisition and Robotics Group.  At Beckman, I researched embodied cognition on the iCub, a humanoid robotics platform from the Italian Institute of Technology.  During this time I also contracted for Valve Software in the design of sensor fusion systems for head mounted VR tracking, I instructed many courses and labs including the robotics and control labs and the senior design lab, I mentored undergraduates, and I had leadership roles with the NASA academies and FIRST Robotics.  After graduation, I worked on autonomous driving and navigation at Petronics, a robotics startup at the tech incubator in Research Park.  While at Petronics, I developed an AR control interface with integrated sensor fusion and map building, multi-session SLAM with a monocular camera and globally consistent occupancy, autonomous driving with surface-aware planning and dynamic obstacle avoidance, and motion stabilization for a mobile 360 camera. I also co-wrote and won an SBIR grant for over $1M.  After working at Petronics, I began doing remote machine learning work.  I joined Sententia and worked on a cloud document classification pipeline with image to text services and image classifiers.  After that, I joined Clostra and worked on a deep learning based time series anomaly detection system.  I also worked on system-level integration of a TSDB with MLOps that interfaced with a multi-user front-end.  I am currently working at Blue River Technology as a senior robotics developer.


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