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Research Assistant

I am a first-year graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. I am interested in the intersection of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering — my research focuses on design and control of electric machines.

I believe that technologies are most disruptive when a passionate individual spans their entire lifetime — starting with initial research, to concept conception, through design and prototyping, to entrepreneurial roll out. Through my studies, I strive to change the world through this process.

Low-level systems excite me most, ranging from fully-featured computer operating systems to deeply embedded systems running on dedicated hardware to control physical applications.


Beta Technologies Feburary 2019 - Present Collaboration between Severson Research Group and Beta Technologies. Developed open-source firmware for both traditional and sensorless control of novel PMSM. Implemented control algorithms on Severson Research Group AMDC platform.
Severson Research Group January 2018 - Present Designed and developed open-source hardware / firmware for Advanced Motor Drive Controller (AMDC) — created entire system stack: PCB hardware, low-level firmware libraries for hardware interaction, custom RTOS to run user applications. Worked on team to develop electric machine modeling framework for machine design and optimization.
Silicon Labs Summer 2017, Summer 2018 Projects for Digital Radio team developing embedded firmware running on radio tuner/demodulator/coprocessor devices. Optimized memory utilization of module using pool-based allocation, created system tracing framework and visualization. Designed and built PCB for customers that enables easily interfacing host system to embedded devices over SPI.
UW-Madison Computer Systems Lab (CSL) March 2016 - September 2018 Worked with other students and full-time staff to create modern web apps for internal and external use. Led initial CSL usage of modern JavaScript frameworks (e.g. EmberJS) to allow modular design and easy extensibility.
Intel Corporation Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Automated testing of mobile performance tool, developed Android app to visualize device metrics and created Qt GUI for Pintool interaction.


University of Wisconsin - Madison Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, expected 2024 Advisor: Eric Severson
University of Wisconsin - Madison B.S. Computer Science, May 2019 Advisor: Eric Severson Graduated with Distinction
Varsity Men's Rowing letterman


Grainger Power Engineering Undergraduate Award Accepted April 2019 Recognition of scholarly achievements in the field of power engineering.
1 of 5 undergraduate awardees at UW-Madison.
Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar Award 2017-18 Season Recognition of student-atheletes who have recorded a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year. 1 of 6 awardees from Wisconsin Men's Rowing.
Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) All-Academic Team 2017-18 Season Recognition of student-atheletes with top academic standing as well as high athletic performance. 1 of 6 awardees from Wisconsin.