enginering dept faculty and staff 2012

Dr. Michael Kontitsis has been a Lecturer in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Researcher in the DU2SRI. His areas of research include computer vision, machine learning, robotics, optimal control and path planning. He has been involved in the development of real-time vision systems for unmanned vehicles and path planning techniques for small teams of robots. He has also been a Visiting Faculty in the Department of Computer Science, Rochester Institute of Technology. He is currently a Postdoc Researcher at School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA.


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. Other areas of interest include analog electronics, microcontrollers, and the design and fabrication of various components, including unmanned airframes, using additive manufacturing techniques. He is currently working as an Engineering Manager for “Femtoscale”, Denver, CO, USA.


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. He is currently working as a Test Data Analysis Engineer for “General Electric Oil & Gas”.



Dr. Goncalo Martins received his PhD degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Denver (DU), USA. Mr. 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. He is currently a Postdoc researcher in School of Engineering, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, USA.



Chris Brune received his master’s degree from the University of Denver, Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering. His skills and expertise lie in both hardware and software design for unmanned ground vehicles. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and M.B.A. from the University of Denver in 2011. His current research areas include formation and cooperative control of wheeled mobile robots featuring nonholonomic constraints.


DU2SRI pic - Florence Mbithi

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. She is currently working at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, Africa.



Joseph Lewis received his Master’s degree from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Denver. His research focused on the development of autopilot software for unmanned helicopters. He  is currently a graduate student in Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.