Current Students:

Jacob Fine, Ph.D. Student 

Contact: [email protected]

Jacob Fine is a Ph.D. student who is focused on the development of real-time control co-design of reconfigurable tethered energy systems. Prior to starting his graduate degree, he completed his Bachelors in mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University in 2021. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing and windsurfing.

Limeng Liu, Ph.D. Student 

Contact: [email protected]

Limeng Liu is a Ph.D. student focused on learning control algorithms for the optimal control of a mobile, anchorless wave-powered desalination platform. Before entering the Ph.D. program, he received MSME and MSME degrees, both in mechanical engineering, from Purdue University. In his free time, he enjoys making tasty food for his friends.

Julian Lopez, Ph.D. Student 

Contact: [email protected]

Julian Lopez is a Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan who is focused on the development of an energy storage and usage formulation for sustainably powered autonomous surface vessels (ASVs) and their coordination with aerial and underwater vehicles that are powered by the ASVs. Prior to starting his graduate degree, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in physics at Colgate University. In his free time, Julian enjoys playing volleyball, mountain biking, and learning to cook different types of food.

Brendan Rindfusz, Undergraduate Student 

Contact: [email protected]

Brendan Rindfusz is a current senior at the University of Michigan, studying mechanical engineering with a minor in mechanics. Upon his graduation in December, 2023, he will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering through the SUGS program. He is presently developing synthetic wave resource models that will facilitate the optimal mission planning of a mobile, anchorless wave-powered desalination system that builds upon the Liquid Robotics Wave Glider design.

Mary Maceda, Ph.D. Student (NC State) 

Contact: [email protected]

Mary Maceda is a Ph.D. student at NC State who focuses on the optimization of underwater kite designs and the development of model predictive control (MPC) algorithms for real-time optimization of kite performance. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Saint Vincent College, where she was a student-athlete. In her free time, Mary enjoys playing softball and ultimate frisbee, in addition to reading books and participating in trivia nights.

Kavin Govindarajan, Undergraduate Student (NC State) 

Contact: [email protected]

Kavin Govindarajan is a senior at NC State studying aerospace engineering and applied mathematics. His research focus is on developing and implementing optimal control algorithms for sustainably powered robotic systems in spatiotemporally varying environments. Specifically, he works on the control of a solar-powered autonomous surface vessel (ASV) for persistent oceanographic observation.

CORE Lab Alumni:

Ph.D.: James Reed (ARA), Andrew Abney (Ursa Major), Kartik Naik (University of Michigan), John Borek (Blue Origin), Ayaz Siddiqui (Altaeros), Mitchell Cobb (Blue Origin), Christian Earnhardt (Ford), Ben Groelke (Toyota), Joe Deese (Corvid Technologies), Alireza Bafandeh (MEMC), Ali Baheri (Rochester Institute of Technology), Nihar Deodhar (GE Transportation)

M.S.: Zak Leonard , Chris DiMarco, Parvin NikpoorParizi

B.S.E.: Joshua Daniels, Jack Cole, Carly McKenna, Andrew Dahl, Kyle Tucker, Nathan Landon, Jared Sielaff, Timothy Muyimbwa (M.S. from UCLA), Shay Marceau, Lazar Trifunovic, Hannah Brooks, Brian Smith

High School: Linus Jacobs

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