Worked with Sundrop Farms to construct the world’s first fully renewable farm (at a project cost of over $200 million) in South Australia using Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) to desalinate seawater and provide balance of power. Our small team was able to deliver its first commercial installation on schedule; all milestone tests and opening day went exactly as planned. Responsible for designing control algorithms for field of over 23,000 heliostats (servo mirrors) to maximize power production without destroying the plant. Designed automated maintenance system to diagnose and correct failures in the plant without user intervention. Took ownership of automated testing framework, revamped and significantly improved test coverage.
Provide mentoring for students. Grade problem sets and exams. Write solution sets for problem sets and exams. Course description: “To enable students to design controllers for nonlinear and uncertain systems; and apply their designs to mechanical systems.”
Studied human walking and its application to bipedal robots. Used motion capture to obtain human walking data. Used optimization to generate efficient and human-like gaits in robots. These methods have since been used to obtain walking on several humanoid robots.