Work Experience
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Yale University
PhD Student - NSF Graduate Research Fellow
August 2017 - Present (NSF GRFP funding started September 2019)
Yale Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

- Please see Publications for a complete list of projects
- Brief List: Robot Manipulation, Dexterous Manipulation, Reinforcement Learning, (Self) Supervised Learning, Optimal Control, Planning

Technische Universität Darmstadt
Visiting PhD Student (virtual internship due to COVID-19)
March 2020 - Present (NSF GRFP Funding)
TU Darmstadt - Intelligent Autonomous Systems
Technical Advisor: Prof. Jan Peters
Collaborators: Georgia Chalvatzaki, PhD., Carlo D'Eramo, PhD.,
and Daljeet Nandha

- Hybrid Model-Based control with Model-Free RL to accelerate  
  optimal policy acquisition (Model Predictive Actor-Critic)

- Optimal Control (MPC and MPPI) in OpenAI Gym
- Policy convergence exceed that of current state-of-the-art (Oct. 2020)

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Youngstown Business Incubator
Biz3D Instructor
August 2016 - August 2017 (Summer Months)

- Facilitated learning at a summer camp for high school students 
- Taught students how 3D printing works and how it can be used to build a
- Introduced concepts associated with solid modeling for product design 
  (123D Design and Fusion 360 were used)
- Developed a curriculum based on entrepreneurship

Youngstown State University
Engineering Computer Lab Coordinator
May 2016-May 2017
YSU College of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics 

- Aided students in homework required of First Year Engineering coursework
- Coordinated a team of 24 students to maintain four computer labs
- Acted as a representative of the STEM college to help guide students 

Auburn University
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the United States Department of Defense (DoD)
May 2016-July 2016
Auburn College of Engineering - Computer Science and Software Engineering

- Conducted research regarding unmanned UAV flight
- Analyzed given problems within the field, and constructed a
  literature review and research proposal
- Designed experiments that fulfilled requirements to help answer
  research questions
- Two main projects (please see Publications tab for more details)  
         - Ballistic Parachute Recovery System
                  - Helped maintain safety for UAV systems
           - Computer Vision Algorithms for See-and-Avoid applications
                  - Constructed a flight simulation software using OpenGL and
                    OpenCV to analyze collision avoidance algorithms.

Youngstown State University
Honors Engineering Teaching Assistant
August 2014-May 2016 
YSU College of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics 

- Aided students in the understanding of fundamentals learned throughout 
  their coursework 
- Developed problems that required critical thinking to prepare 
   students for future courses 
- Assisted in the creation of the initiative to expose First Year 
   Engineering students to 3D Printing in 2014 and 2015 
- Acted as an Honors Ambassador for First Year STEM students to help 
   connect Honors College practices into coursework and service 
   projects on campus

ABB Inc. 
Test Engineer Co-operative Learning
May 2015-August 2015 
Research and Development - Power Systems Power Generation (PSPG)

- Tested ABB Power Systems and Power Generation (PSPG) modules 
   and components for corresponding tasks of implementation 
- Constructed the largest test system ever built by the ABB Research 
   and Development laboratory at the Wickliffe site 
- Organized and coordinated co-op fundraising for the WE CARE charity 
   events to include Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital and Woman’s