Biography  

Education

I obtained my M.S. (2013) and Ph.D. (2015) in Aerospace Engineering (Flight Dynamics and Control) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As an undergraduate, I have studied at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Department of Civil Aviation, in China. I defended my Ph.D. dissertation on the topic of Developments in Estimation and Control for Cloud-Enabled Automotive Vehicles. I was very fortunately advised by Prof. Ilya V. Kolmanovsky and Prof. Ella M. Atkins.

Career

From June 2010 to July 2012, I worked at Shanghai Area Control Center as an Air Traffic Controller (We guide you home!). In the summers of 2014 and 2015, I was an intern at Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, Dearborn MI. From January 2016 to August 2017, I worked at General Motors in the NextGen Powertrain Control group, Milforrd MI. From August 2017 to August 2023, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University (MSU).

I am currently a Red Cedar Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MSU. My main research interests lie in the intersection of machine learning and control theory, with applications to robotics, intelligent vehicles, and other complex systems. As a Principle Investigator, I have received over $9M research grants from diverse funding agencies, including NSF, USDA, Army, ONR, Ford, DENSO, T-Mobile, among others. I am a senior member of IEEE and a recipient of the 2021 NSF CAREER Award.