Student Spotlight

Douglas Allan

June 20, 2019

Spring 2019: Douglas Allan

April 14, 2019

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

January 14, 2019

Fall 2018: Daniel Lazar

Selected for the Student Spotlight nomination for Fall 2018 is Daniel Lazar, a dedicated 3rdyear Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of California, Santa Barbara. Daniel is working on mixed traffic networks under advisor Professor Ramtin Pedarsani, and his main research focus is “Control of transportation networks shared between human-driven and autonomous vehicles”. He is originally from LA and received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014, before moving to Santa Barbara to work on his Ph.D. in CSP/Controls.


Words from the department: "Transportation infrastructure is entering a stage of mixed use, where some vehicles are autonomous and the rest are human-driven. Daniel has been working on a variety of problems related to mixed traffic networks including characterizing the equilibria of such networks, designing optimal control and routing policies for autonomous vehicles to achieve a better equilibrium, and studying the impact of human-driven and autonomous vehicles' interactions on network level performance. Daniel is a very passionate and dedicated student and it has been a pleasure working with him." – Ramtin Pedarsani

October 22, 2018

Spring 2018: Tim Matchen

Tim Matchen is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate working under advisor Professor Jeffrey Moehlis in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. His research focuses on developing phase models for Parkinsonian neurons as well as developing electrical control signals to alleviate the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.

Tim was born in Millburn, New Jersey. As an undergraduate at Princeton he interned at both Los Alamaos National Labs and Princeton’s 3D Audio Lab. Tim’s advisor, Jeffrey Moehlis, stated, "It has been a great pleasure working with Tim. His recent paper on controlling a population of neurons to achieve a clustered state is a particularly nice piece of work which suggests a novel paradigm for treating Parkinson's disease using deep brain stimulation." In his free time Tim likes to watch TV, play video games and attend local spin classes.

May 22, 2018

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