Connor Atkins is a senior in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. He is expected to graduate in May of 2021 with a minor in Mathematics. Having been a member of VSCL since 2018, Connor has worked on numerous projects. Currently, he is working with the flight testing group at the RELLIS Campus. Having experience with both the software and hardware sides of the vehicles, he performs preflight maintenance and aids in the testing of a variety of UAS that VSCL handles.
Ritwik Bera is a MS student in the aerospace engineering department. He graduated with the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2018. During his undergraduate studies, Ritwik worked on modelling multi-agent systems using differential game theory. He also interned at VSCL in 2017, working on two time-scale control systems at the time. At VSCL, Ritwik works on human-in-the-loop learning to train autonomous systems to perform various tasks. Ritwik has been primarily focused on making human-in-the-loop learning scalable for real-time learning on hardware as well as developing unsupervised learning techniques to help agents learn macro-behaviors from human demonstrations.
Ray Cook is a sophomore in SQ-11 of the Corps of Cadets, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering. He expects to graduate in May 2023, and commision into the United StatesAirforce. Ray has been a member of the VSCL team since the Fall of 2019 researching autonomous flight and maintaining aircraft.
Kameron Eves is a Ph.D. student in the aerospace engineering department. He graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering with minors in mathematics and business. At BYU, Kameron worked in the Multiple Agent Intelligent Coordination and Control (MAGICC) laboratory. As part of this research, Kameron helped to develop a ground based optical tracking and imaging system capable of estimating an aircraft’s pose. At VSCL, Kameron works to develop the capabilities necessary for autonomous reconnaissance in military settings on the Autonomous Intelligent Detection Tracking and Recognition (AIDTR) project. This project is a partnership with the Army Research Laboratory and the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) at Carnegie Mellon University. Kameron’s research interests include reinforcement learning, autonomous control, and vehicle dynamics.
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Esteban Gomez is a MEng student in the aerospace engineering department. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University in December 2020. During his time as an undergraduate, Esteban assisted with sensor integration, as well as flight test validation of UAS (unmanned air systems) across multiple VSCL projects. He has been an active member of VSCL since Spring 2019 and will begin working on his masters in January 2021. Esteban’s main interests include flight test engineering, embedded systems, and aircraft dynamics.
Alexander Gross is a Sophomore within the Department of Aerospace Engineering pursuing a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Computer Science. He is expected to graduate in May 2023 and has been a member of VSCL since Spring 2020. At VSCL, Alex works on autonomous reconnaissance using UAV’s with the Autonomous Intelligent Detection Tracking and Recognition (AIDTR) project. His research focus includes UAS autonomous guidance and landing, embedded systems, and user-interface integration.
Shelby Hackett is an aerospace engineering Ph.D student. She graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace engineering. During undergrad, Shelby interned at GE Oil & Gas and Sandia National Laboratories. While at UF, she completed an honors thesis on range optimal control of an aircraft. Starting in the fall with VSCL, she will be working on Tightly Integrated Navigation and Guidance for Multiple Autonomous Agents, which is sponsored by Sandia National Laboratory.