Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Cal Poly Pomona
I am an Assistant Professor at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) in the department of Mechanical Engineering. My area of expertise is in Dynamic Systems and Control, which means I study how to characterize the motion of dynamic mechanical systems as well as how to manipulate them (think about how a Sewgay Scooter is able to balance itself). My work falls somewhere within the fields of Mechatronics, Robotics, and Control.
I did my graduate work (MS, PhD) at UCLA, where my research was based on applied adaptive control. I worked on implementing adaptive receding-horizon control algorithms on a laser-beam steering experiment as well as a magnetically levitating (Mag Lev) bearing. Prior to that, I earned my Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering (BS) from UC Berkeley and I worked for about 5 years in the HVAC industry doing mechanical design and control. During that span, I earned my California Professional Engineer (PE) license.
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My area of expertise is in dynamic system modeling, simulation, and feedback control, but I also occasionally teach our ME orientation course and a course in numerical methods using MATLAB.
As a graduate student at UCLA, I focused on applications of a novel receding-horizon adaptive control scheme. The basic goal was to reject complex (broadband and non-stationary) disturbances adaptively. This means that the controller itself was not static, but rather dynamic. I applied this controller on two experimental platforms (a laser beam steering experiment, and a magnetic bearing experiment). A very detailed account of this research can be found in my PhD Dissertation and in the publications listed in my CV.
Now as a faculty member at Cal Poly Pomona, my main focus is on teaching excellence, but I am still doing some research. I am continuing my work with my colleagues at UCLA, now in the area of real-time system identification. Additionally, I am shifting my focus to the area of engineering education (conferences such as ASEE) and publishing papers related to advancing teaching methods and exploring alternative learning tools such as online learning. I have recently become involved in our department's new video tutorial repository ME Online, which is an excellent resource for students at CPP and beyond.