Alumni

Jessica Alvarenga received her MS from California State University Los Angeles.  Her work in DU2SRI was focused on design and development of advanced autopilots for autonomous helicopters.

 

Dr. Alessandro Benini received his Ph.D. degree in Automation Engineering at the Universita’ Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy. His research interests include the development of algorithms for localization and navigation of UAVs, Sensor Fusion algorithms, image-processing and GPU-based computation. Until December 2016, he worked as Research Scientist at the Unmanned Systems Research Institute (DU2SRI), Denver, Colorado, USA. During his experience at the University of Denver, he also served as Adjunct Professor for the course Computer Vision, during Winter quarter 2016. In 2014 he worked as an Algorithm Engineer at Civitanavi Systems S.r.l., Italy, focusing on the development of Inertial Navigation Systems and AHRS, based on Civitanavi’s proprietary Fiber Optic Gyroscope technology. In 2013, he was an exchange Ph.D. Student at the University of Denver working on vision aided autonomous landing for UAVs, using inertial sensors and GPU-based parallel computing methods.

Chris Brune received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and also the MBA degree from the University of Denver. During his experience working at DU2SRI, he helped to design and develop small mobile ground vehicles to be used in leader-follower formation control applications. Chris currently works as an Engineering Program Manager at Apple Inc. where he leads cross-functional engineering teams in various research & development projects within Apple’s Hardware Technology organization. Prior to Apple, Chris was a participant in the Engineering Leadership Development Program at Lockheed Martin Space Systems company where he worked in multiple hardware and software engineering roles for various UAV and Space programs, including the NASA Orion Program. Chris currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Maddy Drosendahl received her BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Denver in 2018. Her research at DU2SRI focused on the effects of sweeping jet actuators on UAV architectures, an effort which led to an internship at NASA.

Racheal Erhard received her BS degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the University of Denver in 2018. Her research while at DU2SRI focused on unconventional wing design for improving efficiency in unmanned vehicles, mainly looking into morphing wing technologies. This research led to a summer internship at NASA Langley Research Center, where she worked on the design and analysis of a lightweight UAV for maximizing payload carrying capabilities.

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Dina Fragkedaki was the Visiting Managing Administrator of the DU2SRI. She has a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Social and Technological Development and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Social and Political Sciences. She is the Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, published by Springer. She has been an organizing committee member of international conferences and workshops. She has participated in Research Groups conducting studies for the operation of International Organizations and international relations/policies between countries. Her expertise is in Project Management, Technology transfer, Intellectual Property Rights, Patents and new product development. Prior to joining to DU she was Director, Administrative Branch, Office of Research Planning and Development at the Technical University of Crete, Greece.

Jonathan Girwar-Nath received his MS in Mechatronic Systems Engineering degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Denver. His research focused on the development of autopilot software and hardware integration for unmanned fixed-wing aircraft. Jonathan received his BS degrees from the University of South Florida.

Dr. Roy Godzdanker received his PhD in Mechatronics Systems Engineering from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2011.  His research focused on the design and development of ISLANDS: A Self-Leveling landing platform for autonomous miniature UAVs.

Dr. Konstantinos Kanistras received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Denver in 2016. He received his MS.c degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bath, U.K. in 2008 and his Bachelors degree in Physics from the University of Patras, Greece. Prior joining to UAH, Kostas was a research scientist at DU Unmanned Systems Research Institute (March 2016-December 2017).

Dr. Michael Kontitsis was an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at DU.  Dr. Kontitsis also worked as a researcher in DU2SRI while at DU focusing on robot control and motion planning.

Joseph Lewis received his BS and MS degrees from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Denver. His research focused on the development of autopilot software for unmanned helicopters.

 

Dr. Goncalo Martins received his PhD degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at DU. Dr. Martins conducts research on embedded and distributed systems and swarm theory. Goncalo Martins received the BSE and MS degrees from the New University of Lisbon, Sciences and Technology in Lisbon, Portugal.

Florence Mbithi received her Master’s degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Denver, pursuing the Mechatronic Systems Engineering degree program. Her research focus is on the design of a propulsion system for compact propeller-less AUVs. Florence completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Jason Monast received his MS in Computer Engineering from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2014.  His work in DU2SRI was on autonomy for ground robots.

Dr. Allistair Moses received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida in 2009. He completed his PhD degree in Mechatronic Systems Engineering from the University of Denver where his dissertation work focused on the design, development, and testing of miniature RADAR sensors for unmanned aircraft collision avoidance.

Dr. Daniele Sartori received his PhD degree from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. His research focuses on flight mechanics and advanced control laws for fixed-wing Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAVs). He was an exchange PhD student at the University of Denver where he was designing, developing and testing an autopilot configuration based on nonlinear control techniques. Daniele Sartori was awarded a B.S. and a M.S. at the Politecnico di Torino, the final year of the M.S. and the final research thesis were completed at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Dr. Nikos Vitzilaios received his PhD degree in Production Engineering & Management from the Technical University of Crete, Greece. From 2011-2012 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada. From 2013-2015 he was a Research Scientist in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Denver. He worked on the design and development of autonomous navigation systems for UAVs, UGVs and AUVs. His research focuses on perception and control of unmanned systems.