I’m a Senior Software Engineer in Robotics at Apptronik as part of their humanoid robotics division. Previously I was a Robotics Engineer at NASA Johnson Space Center in the Robotic Systems Technology Branch, ER4. I received my PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) as part of the Human Centered Robotics Lab (HCRL) under the supervision of Dr. Luis Sentis, where I developed control and trajectory generation approaches for humanoid robots.

AT UT Austin, I also received my Master’s in Mechanical Engineering, completed the Robotics Graduate Portfolio program, and was a team lead for the 2017 Robocup@Home competition. I was also a 2015 NASA Space Technology Research Fellow (NSTRF), which gratiously funded my Master’s and PhD at UT Austin.

I was course 2A-6 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where I received my Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Control, Instrumentation and Robotics (CIR). I did undergraduate research with the MIT Museum Studio with Dr. Seth Reskin and Alan Doyle, the Robotics, Vision, and Sensor Networks Group (RVSN) with Professor Seth Teller, and the Field and Space Robotics Lab with Professor Steven Dubowsky. I was also briefly part of the MIT DARPA Robotics Challenge team during the Virtual Robotics Challenge phase.

My research interests are in deployable control and trajectory generation methods for humanoid robots.


  • June 30, 2022 – I started working as a Senior Software Engineer in Robotics at Apptronik!
  • July 15, 2021 – We demonstrated our state-of-art VR-based teleoperation interface for controlling the Valkyrie humanoid. Video available here.
  • June 8, 2020 – I started working as a full time Robotics Engineer at NASA Johnson Space Center.
  • May 30, 2020 – Our ICRA 2020 video presentation on locomanipulation is now live. Mirror Link. The final version of the paper is also available here. If you are registered with ICRA, you can join the Slack channel until August 31st.
  • April 8, 2020 – I successfully defended my Ph.D. dissertation, “Towards deploying legged humanoids in human environments”. Youtube.
  • March 5, 2020 – Our paper on “Dynamic locomotion for passive-ankle biped robots and humanoids using whole-body locomotion control” has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR). Preprint.
  • January 21, 2020 – Our paper on “Finding locomanipulation plans quickly in the locomotion constrained manifold” has been accepted at ICRA 2020. Preprint.
  • August 26, 2019 – Our paper on “Deploying the NASA Valkyrie robot for IED response: An initial approach and evaluation summary” has been accepted for presentation at Humanoids 2019. Preprint.

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