Winter 2021: Zichang He
The student spotlight for Winter quarter 2021 is Zichang He; a third-year PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara under the supervision of Prof. Zheng Zhang. Zichang is widely interested in the research topic of uncertainty quantification, with applications to design automation, machine learning and control systems. He is the recipient of best student paper award in IEEE Electrical Performance of Electronic Packaging and Systems (EPEPS) conference in 2020, the Outstanding Teaching Assistant award in the department of ECE at UCSB in 2020, and the graduate student fellowship of ECE department at UCSB in 2018.
Fall 2020: Pedro Cisneros
Featured in the Student Spotlight for Fall 2020 is Pedro Cisneros, a 5th year Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Pedro Cisneros is working with advisor Francesco Bullo, and his main research focuses are Control of network systems, game theory, optimization theory, statistical and machine learning.
Click here to read more about Pedro Cisneros: https://www.ccdc.ucsb.edu/content/fall-2020-pedro-cisneros
Spring 2020: Nihar Talele
Featured in the Student Spotlight for Spring 2020 is Nihar Talele, a 6th year Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Nihar is working with Katie Byl as his advisor, and his main research focuses are Robotics and Control with interests in trajectory optimization, underactuated robotics and biomechanics. On his free time, Nihar likes to cook, draw, work out, and play video games. This year he is main focuses are his research and graduation.
Winter 2020: Shara Rhagha Wardhan Balakrishnan
Shara Rhagha Wardhan Balakrishnan is a second year PhD student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. His research focus is “System identification and control in synthetic biology” and he is working in the CCSP/Controls program under advisor Enoch Yeung.
Shara is originally from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India and previously attended the “Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Madras”. When he is not working on his research he likes to run, swim, do yoga, or play chess to name a few of his hobbies.