Sebastian received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC San Diego, and started as a M.S./Ph.D. student in EDG the Fall of 2019. His previous experience includes internship work at aerospace and automotive industries as well as research work in bioinspired design/robotics. With a continued interest in bioinspiration, Sebastian wants to explore how nature solves the problems in realizing dexterity and mobility. Eventually, he wants to connect his research by applying new designs to extreme environments, i.e. space and deep-sea exploration. When he’s not working, he enjoys playing volleyball and ping pong, jamming out, or learning something new. Next on the bucket list is learning how to sail and snowboard.

Plan to focus on Design and Integrative Biology, and use Controls, Dynamics, Math, and Machine Learning to supplement research.

Industry Experience

Flight Reliability Intern

Systems Engineering, Coding, Documentation, Parts Validation

Opto-Mechanical Engineering Intern

CAD, GD&T, Optics, Design for Manufacturing/Assembly


Math, Coding, CAD

Research Experience

Bioinspired Robotics and Design Lab

Mechatronics, Solid Mechanics

Chiba Lab

Cognitive and Behavioral Science, HRI

Extreme Materials Lab

Materials Science


Yonder Dynamics