Current Students:

James Reed, Ph.D. Student


James Reed is a Ph.D. student focused on the economically optimal repetitive control of renewable ocean energy systems in turbulent, spatiotemporally varying environments. Before entering the Ph.D. program, he received an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from NC State University in 2019. In his free time, he enjoys playing table tennis and playing with his dog.

Ben Haydon, Ph.D. Student


Ben is a Ph.D. student who is focused on the development of optimal control algorithms for renewably powered and renewable energy-harvesting robotic systems. His work focuses on re-imaging exploration/exploitation strategies from traditional multi-armed bandit problems so that they can be effectively used in mobile systems where mobility is limited by the system dynamics and is often also dependent on a stochastic, spatiotemporally varying environmental resource.

Kartik Naik, Ph.D. Student 


Kartik is a Ph.D. student who is focused on the combined hydrodynamic, structural, and control system co-design of kite-based energy systems (with a present focus on utilizing those systems for marine hydrodynamic energy harvesting). His efforts involve initial development of numerical tools for this co-design process, followed by experimental validation at multiple scales.

Andrew Abney, Ph.D. Student 


Andrew is a Ph.D student who is focused on the development of large-scale experimentally infused multi-disciplinary design optimization tools for marine hydrokinetic energy systems, which simultaneously account for hydrodynamics, structural mechanics, power conversion, control, and environmental/economic characteristics. His background on aerodynamics from his Master’s Degree at Purdue University, coupled with several years of industry experience in mechanical design (including Blue Origin) and passion for control, make this an ideal research topic for him to tackle.

Jacob Fine, Ph.D. Student 


Jacob Fine is a Ph.D. student who is focused on the development of real-time control co-design of reconfigurable tethered energy systems. Prior to starting his graduate degree, he completed his Bachelors in mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University in 2021. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing and windsurfing.


CORE Lab Alumni:

Ph.D.: John Borek, Ayaz Siddiqui, Mitchell Cobb, Christian Earnhardt, Ben Groelke, Joe Deese, Alireza Bafandeh, Ali Baheri, Nihar Deodhar

M.S.: Zak Leonard, Chris DiMarco, Parvin NikpoorParizi

B.S.E.: Joshua Daniels, Jack Cole, Carly McKenna, Andrew Dahl, Kyle Tucker, Nathan Landon, Jared Sielaff, Timothy Muyimbwa (M.S. from UCLA), Shay Marceau, Lazar Trifunovic, Hannah Brooks, Brian Smith

High School: Linus Jacobs