Connor Atkins graduated in May of 2021with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. Connor will be pursuing his Masters of Engineering beginning Fall 2021. 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.
Maison Clouatre is a Ph.D. student in the aerospace engineering department. He graduated summa
cum laude from Mercer University in May 2022 with a double major in electrical engineering
and mathematics. As an undergraduate, Clouatre held visiting research positions in the Electronic
Systems (ELSYS) Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), the Vehicle
Systems & Control Laboratory (VSCL) at Texas A&M University, and the Laboratory for
Information & Decision Systems (LIDS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
His research interests lay at the intersection of control theory, optimization, and learning, and he
focuses on applying his theory to the fields of quantum information science and aerospace
engineering. At VSCL, Clouatre researches quantum control and learning for quantum dynamics.
Clouatre is a Goldwater Scholar, a Stamps Scholar, a recipient of the Department of Defense
(DoD) National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, and a Texas
A&M Avilés-Johnson Fellow. He was also awarded, but declined, a fellowship from the
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). More
details regarding his research can be found at his webpage:
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. He also received minors in mathematics and business. At BYU, Kameron worked in the Multiple Agent Intelligent Coordination and Control (MAGICC) laboratory. At the VSCL, Kameron fills a variety of roles. He spent two years designing, building, and testing a 50 lb multirotor unmanned air vehicle (UAV) for the army to use in autonomous reconnaissance. Kameron was responsible for the software, embedded systems, and dynamic analysis of this UAV. Kameron’s dissertation topic is Adaptive Control for Multiple Time Scale Systems with specific application to hypersonic aircraft. Kameron’s research interests are theoretical and computational dynamics and control of aerospace systems. Additionally, he is interested in engineering teaching methods in higher education. Professionally, he plans to join academia and teach at a university.
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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 began working on his master’s degree 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.