Sam Burden

Sam Burden earned his BS with Honors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2008. He earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California in Berkeley in 2014, where he subsequently spent one year as a Postdoctoral Scholar. In 2015, he returned to UW EE as an Assistant Professor. Sam is broadly interested in discovering and formalizing principles of sensorimotor control.
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Tom Libby

Tom Libby received his doctoral and bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also the Technical Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Bio-inspiration in Education and Research (CiBER). In 2017, he joined UW as a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington Institute of Neuroengineering, where he works in collaboration with Sam Burden in Electrical Engineering and Tom Daniel in Biology. Tom’s research seeks design and control principles for locomotion, using a combination of model-based dimensional reduction and comparative experiments in animals and robots.


Darrin Howell

Darrin Howell earned his BS in Neuroscience from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2014. Following graduation, Darrin participated in two post baccalaureate research appointments in the biology and bioengineering departments here on campus. Darrin now serves as a research scientist and lab manager in the lab, contributing to projects seeking to elucidate the extent to which people develop and implement internal models to remotely control adaptive robotic systems.

PhD students

Bora Banjanin

Bora Banjanin earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2013. He returned as a PhD student in 2014 to the University of Washington. Bora’s research seeks to find principles of control in neuromechanical organisms, translate these principles to robots, and then leverage both approaches to improve dynamic human-machine interfaces.

Ben Chasnov

Ben Chasnov received his BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in 2016. His research interests include control theory, robotics and machine learning. In particular, his current research focuses on deep reinforcement learning for control of cyber-physical systems.                                                                                        

Andrew Pace

Andrew Pace earned his BS in Engineering from Swarthmore College in 2009 and MS in Electrical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2012. His research at Mines focused on control of wind turbines. Before coming to UW, he worked for a few years at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. His research interests include experimental robotics and the utilization of control theory in nonsmooth systems.

Momona Yamagami

Momona Yamagami graduated magna cum laude from Rice University with a BS in Bioengineering in 2016. She is a student in UW EE, and is co-advised by Professor Kat Steele in the mechanical engineering department. She is interested in understanding movement impairment and improving rehabilitative technology for people with neurologic injury.

MS students

SeungHoon (Liam) Han

SeungHoon (Liam) Han earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2016. His master’s thesis involves design and test of a cable-driven disturbance system for legged robots.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Tianqi Li

Tianqi Li earned his BE in Mechanical Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotiong University in Xi’an in 2016. He is now doing his master’s thesis on deadbeat control for legged robots. His research interests include locomotion, manipulation and robotic networks.                                                                                        

Shruti Misra

Shruti Misra obtained her BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2016, with a focus in Embedded Systems. Her master’s thesis focuses on applications of reinforcement learning in hybrid dynamical systems.                                                                                        


Jake Baldassini

Jake Baldassini previously worked for the US Coast Guard and studied at the Coast Guard Academy. His MS thesis, entitled “An Examination of the Effects of Deformable Foam Contact Surfaces on Robotic Locomotion”, was completed in 2017. He subsequently returned to active duty in the US Coast Guard.

Ryan Robinson

Ryan Robinson was previously a researcher at ARL Adelphi working with Will Nothwang and earned his PhD at UMD. He was a postdoc in our group for a year, splitting his time between UW and ARL. He subsequently became an Engineer with the Attitude Determination and Control Team at Spaceflight Industries.

Yana Sosnovskaya

Yana Sosnovskaya previously studied at the State Marine Technical University in St. Petersberg, Russia. Her MS thesis, entitled “External Measurement System for Robot Dynamics”, was completed in 2017.