My work with undergraduates has focused on coordinating programs for students to explore the connections between math, physics, and engineering through summer research. To achieve this goal, I have facilitating the following programs and research projects:

Cornell Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), Summer 2020

Coordinated an eight-week summer research program for undergraduate students in applied mathematics. Mentored eleven students as they completed research projects that focused on mechanics and manipulation of active structures.

Research projects and team members

  1. Motion primitives for stable manipulation of elastic rods with gravity

    • Michelle Zhou (currently undergraduate at Cornell University)

    • Nancy Ma (currently undergraduate at Santa Clara University)

  2. Bifurcations of twisted anisotropic rings and Mobius bands

    • Jason Jabbour (currently undergraduate at University of Virginia)

    • Wenzhong Wang (currently undergraduate at University of North Carolina)

  3. Clustering behavior of interacting particles on a deformable ring

    • Hy Dang (currently undergraduate at Texas Christian University)

    • Luis Mantilla (currently undergraduate at Universidad de los Andes)

    • Sophia Zhang (currently undergraduate at University of Chicago)

  4. Optimality properties of helical extrema on six-dimensional Lie groups

    • Bilge Koksal (currently undergraduate at Bilkent University)

    • Cassie Kong (currently undergraduate at University of Hong Kong)

    • Luis Soldevilla (currently undergraduate at University of Toronto)

    • Tony Qing (currently undergraduate at University of Chicago)


Cornell Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU), Summer 2019

Coordinated an eight-week NSF-funded summer research program for undergraduate students in applied mathematics. Mentored six students as they completed research projects in the area of mechanics, control, robotics, and dynamics.

Research projects and team members

  1. Tension induced instabilities of twisted helical springs and Slinkys

    • Joyce Chew (currently graduate student at University of California Los Angeles)

Featured in article on Cornell Research website

  1. Equilibrium and stability of a family of closed intrinsically curved elastic rods

    • Nachuan Yang (currently graduate student at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

  1. Stable and collision-free manipulation of elastic rods with gravity

    • Devora Chait (currently graduate student at New York University)

    • Erica Ward (currently graduate student at University of California Irvine)

  1. Optimal collective motion of multi-agent systems

    • April Roszkowski (currently undergraduate at University of Minnesota)

    • Nicholas Tapp-Hughes (currently undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill)


Cornell Engineering Learning Initiatives, Summer 2019

Mentored a Cornell engineering undergraduate student as they completed a summer research project in the area of robotics and control.

Research projects and team members

Optimal collective motion of multi-agent systems

  • Kyle Fitzgerald (currently graduate student at University of Colorado Boulder)