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Graduate Student

I am a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin — Madison, pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering as part of WEMPEC. My research focuses on control of electric machines, specifically targetting magnetically levitated motor systems.

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 using this process.

To achieve high performance control of electric machines, cross-domain knowledge is required. The underlying physics must be understood, control theory must be applied, and high performance embedded systems must be used for implementation. I thrive in multi-disciplinary environments, where my research and experience gives me the tools to succeed.


Severson Research Group · January 2018 — Present Research focuses on advanced high-performance control of bearingless motors. Designed and developed open-source source hardware / firmware for academic research motor drives. Worked on team to develop electric machine modeling framework for machine design and optimization.
BETA Technologies · February — December 2019 Developed high performance embedded hardware and firmware for inverter running electric aircraft propulsion unit. Implemented both traditional and sensorless control techniques for novel PMSM.
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.
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 B.S. Computer Science, May 2019 Graduated with Distinction, Varsity Men's Rowing letterman



Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Received Spring 2020 Direct support of graduate studies provided by the UW-Madison Graduate School.
Awarded to about 200 graduate students at UW-Madison each year.


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, 2018-19 Season Recognition of student-athletes who have recorded a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year. 1 of 5 awardees from Wisconsin Men's Rowing.
Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) All-Academic Team 2017-18 Season, 2018-19 Season Recognition of student-athletes with top academic standing as well as high athletic performance. 1 of 3 awardees from Wisconsin.