I am currently a PhD student at UW-Madison in the Mechanical Engineering Department, working on both teaching and research. My research interests include dynamics system modeling & simulation, with an emphasis on physically complex systems that require High Performance Computing (HPC) algorithmic support. I began working with Prof. Negrut in the SBEL lab in December 2006, when I began my research work in multibody dynamics by simulating tracked mining excavator mobility in MSC/ADAMS. In December 2009, I received my Master's degree after successfully defending my thesis, titled "A Stochastic Framework for Ground Vehicle Simulation".

My current work involves creating a vehicle-tire-terrain mobility model that allows general purpose off-road vehicle dynamics simulation when operating on appreciably deformable soil. By leveraging multi-core CPU and GPU acceleration, a high-fidelity, three-dimensional, physics-based, vehicle mobility simulator that runs at real-time speed on deformable soil is possible. By leveraging and extending semi-analytical methods that have been proven in the field, a new terramechanics method is developed for generalized 3-D tire/terrain interaction effects. The terrain is represented with a soil compaction model that captures the visco-elastic-plastic stress/strain response of soil due to vehicle loads. It is now possible to accommodate a tire with generalized 3-D geometry that can include complex tread and lug patterns, and these tread/lug patterns are evident in our mobility simulations.

In 2008 I helped organize and create the pilot program for our lab's outreach effort "ProCSI" , and every summer since I have volunteered for 1 week as a camp counselor and have gotten to meet and spend time with the amazing kids involved in ProCSI.

Expected Graduation Date: December 2013