ABOUT ME

Research Interests


Physical Intelligence | Fluid Mechanics | Robotics | Control | Cyber Physical System
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EDUCATION

University of Virginia

2016 – 2021

Ph.D. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. GPA 4/4

  • Outstanding Graduate Student University of Virginia, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering – 2021

  • John E. Scott Award for research excellence in fluids related areas – University of Virginia Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering – 2021

University of Pittsburgh

2014 – 2016

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. GPA 4/4

Zhejiang University, China

2010 – 2014

B.Eng in Bio-system Engineering

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TEACHING AND ADVISING

Classes

  • Guest Lecturer (3 lectures) for Dynamical Systems (MAE 6492, Graduate Level) University of Virginia; 2020

  • Assistant Instructor for Dynamics (MAE 2320, Undergraduate Level) University of Virginia; 2017

Student Advising / Mentoring

  • Yuxi (Leo) Liu, Graduate Student, University of Virginia; 2019 – Present

  • Arianna Asquini, Undergraduate Student, University of Virginia; 2019

  • Peter Gunnarson, Undergraduate Student, University of Virginia; 2018 – 2019

  • Wei Wang, Visiting Researcher, Beijing institute of Technology; 2018

  • Kohl Orson, Undergraduate Student, University of Virginia; 2017

  • Peyton Hooker, Undergraduate Student, University of Virginia; 2017

  • Maggie Story, Undergraduate Student, University of Virginia; 2017

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EXPERTISE AND SKILLS

  • C++, Python, Matlab, Labview, Arduino, Robot Operation System and Machine Learning

  • CAD (Solidworks, Inventor), 3D Printing, CNC

  • Circuit design, mechatronics, sensor, actuator, signal processing

  • Experienced in automated precision test system design and application

  • Fluent in sophisticated optical system design and construction

  • Skilled in robot design, construction and control

APPOINTMENTS

Research Associate | University of Virginia

June. 2021 – Present | Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering | Charlottesville, VA

Research Assistant | University of Virginia

Apr. 2017 – May.2021 | Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering | Charlottesville, VA

Working as the first student in the Smart Fluid System Lab with Professor Daniel Quinn, researching bio-inspired high performance underwater vehicle design with a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) team, including the creation of dynamic stiffness control law, proof of unsteady ground effects and development of a 3D flow diagnostics method.

Research Assistant | University of Virginia

Aug. 2016 – Sep. 2017 | Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering | Charlottesville, VA

Worked with Professor Haibo Dong in the Flow Simulation Research Group to study biomechanics and fluid dynamics of bioinspired propulsion, including the creation of in-house solver to simulate passive pitching of insect fly, cicada banked turn and fin-fin interaction of tuna swimming.

Research Assistant | University of Pittsburgh

Apr. 2015 – Apr. 2016 | Department of Mechanical & Material Engineering | Pittsburgh, PA

Worked with Professor Nitin Sharma, developing the non-linear state estimation filtering algorithm for human motion measurement with wearable IMU sensors for hybrid exoskeleton control.