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I am a PhD candidate in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where I am working with Prof. Xiaoli Bai .

In general, I work on the intersection of Aerospace Control, Robotics, and Convex Optimization. Some of the buzzwords that my research interests relate to include: Stochastic Optimization, Polynomial Optimization, Space Systems, Model Predictive Control , Guidance, Navigation and Control, Optimal Control, and Robot Motion Planning.

Currently, my Ph.D. research centers around tractable convex optimization based planning and control methods for aerospace systems with applications in space robotic system enabled debris mitigation and carrier based aircraft landing control.


Before coming to Rutgers, I received an MS in Aerospace Engineering from New Mexico State University where I was a graduate research assistant at the Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Lab. My Master's thesis advisor was Prof. Amit Sanyal. My MS thesis research focused on coupled orbit-attitude spacecraft dynamics in the proximity of asteroids. I also looked into the nonlinear controllability of underactuated spacecraft in such enviornments using differential geometry tools.


I was also fortunate to complete my bachelor thesis at the French Space Agency (CNES), Toulouse, France. My bachelor thesis supervisor was Jean-Yves Prado and I worked on asteroid hazard mitigation using Yarkovsky effect reduction. I continued working on the orbital mechanics aspect of this problem as a research assistant at the Institut de Mécanique céleste et de calcul des éphémérides (IMCCE), Paris observatory under the supervision of Dr. Florent Deleflie. I also completed a summer internship during my junior year at the Institute of Space Systems, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Bremen, Germany.
Prior to starting graduate research, I spent some wonderful years at BITS - Pilani in India, from where I double majored in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering and Economics.




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