Research Interests: Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), microrobotics
Completed his B.A. in physics at Pomona College in 2009. While in undergrad, he performed research working on an astronomical adaptive optics system, focusing on instrumentation. Currently he is pursuing a PhD at Berkeley focusing on MEMS, working under Kristofer Pister on a project involving microrobotics.
Autonomous Microrobotic Systems [BPN735]
Recent advances in MEMS technology have enabled a new generation of microrobotic engineering applications. This project
aims at developing micro-scale actuation and transduction mechanisms for mobility. Currently, electrostatic inchworm motors in
conjunction with microfabricated leg linkages are being investigated for walking while atmospheric ion thrusters are investigated
for flying. A motivation behind this research is the development of truly mobile, high resolution, and autonomous sensor
networks. One of the key elements towards autonomy is the fusion of these mobility mechanisms with energy harvesting
capabilities, including high-voltage solar arrays. In addition, ultra-low power control and communications platforms must be
designed with the constraints of a microrobotic system in mind.