Welcome to my personal web page.
By way background, I got my BS and MS from Caltech, and my PhD from Stanford, all in Mechanical Engineering. Between Caltech and Stanford, I got a diploma from a 1-year course at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Belgium, and served as an officer in the US Air Force.
My research efforts are centered around the Flow Control & Coordinated Robotics Labs at UC San Diego. The pace of activity in the labs these days is ferocious; I have posted descriptions of some of the ongoing research activities, as well as several of the published references, at the corresponding web pages linked above, but it is unfortunately impossible for me to keep this web page current.
My pedagogical efforts are currently focused on finishing my comprehensive textbook:
• Numerical Renaissance: simulation, optimization, & control
This book integrates the presentation of a range of important disciplines that form the foundation for solving practical problems in science and engineering on digital computers. I teach many of my classes from sections of it. At the same time, I am working on two research monographs:
• Renaissance Packings: symmetry & structure in a multidimensional world
• Renaissance Robotics: agility, coordination, & perception
The purpose of this web page is to introduce myself personally. I might do that here someday, but don't hold your breath. I like running, biking, photography, and scuba, and have a cool dog.
Have fun looking around!
ps - below are a few of my best pix of birds (as with everywhere else at this website, remember you can click to enlarge).
pps - when I am in the office, my (LIVE!) whiteboard cam will appear below, just in case you want to sleep in during ofice hours, which I invariable schedule during the wee hours of the morning: