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.
Spring 2019: Douglas Allan
Winter 2019: Nathaniel Tucker
Featured in the Student Spotlight for Winter 2019 is Nathaniel Tucker, a second year Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of California, Santa Barbara. Nate’s main research focus is in Online optimization for electric transportation systems, and he would like to help our society become more efficient and reduce humanity’s negative impact on the environment. He received his B.S. in computer and Electrical Engineering in 2016, and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2017 from Santa Clara University.
Words from the department: "Nate’s work has been focused on online electricity demand management strategies that provide performance guarantees in sequential grid optimization problems facing high levels of uncertainty (e.g., unreliable forecasts of future renewable generation outputs or demand behavior). He is passionate about green energy and smart grid research and is a pleasure to work with." – Mahnoosh Alizadeh