PhD in MEEN, Texas A&M, 2020 – now
My research focus is class 8 truck platooning where I am developing safe and cyber secure connected systems. I am interested in advanced vehicle control, safety and mobility benefits of connected systems, and model based systems engineering.
I spent several years as an undergraduate research assistant, reliability engineering intern, new product development intern, truck driver, mechanic and farm worker.
Hard Truck Platooning (HTP) is a novel concept that achieves platooning between commercial tractor trailers with the aid of a smart tow hitch between the trailer of the leading vehicle and the tractor of the following vehicle. The technology seeks to minimize safety and cyber security risks of conventional truck platooning through the use of a hard connection. The control of the following vehicle is governed by highly nonlinear dynamics. Current work involves analysis of system dynamics, development of nonlinear control strategies and preliminary full-scale experimentation.