I am a current DoD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate fellow and Ph.D. candidate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At present, I also hold a Visiting Scholar position in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering department at Iowa State University.
My research interests focus around the use of robotics and automation for sensing and sense-making in agricultural, natural, and urban systems, and human-robot interaction for unmanned systems. I received both the NDSEG and FMC fellowships for my research on the human-robot interaction for physical object manipulation by micro unmanned aerial systems.
I received the B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University (2014) and the M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015). My M.S. thesis work was a field investigation of the use of a heterogeneous team of small robots for environmental data collection in a data sparse region of Southern India.
My research has taken me many places. An adventurous attitude towards life and a passion for travel have shaped my broad worldview, and I realize there is no one way to approach a research challenge. My imagination combined with strong technical fundamentals enables creative problem solving and interdisciplinary collaborations.