Mark Costello is a professor in the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering and the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. He is the Director of Center for Advanced Machine Mobility (CAMM), a multidisciplinary research center consisting of a network of faculty and students focused on mobile platform technologies. Professor Costello's research efforts are focused in the area of dynamics, control, and design with application to a variety of flight vehicles, including rotorcraft, projectiles, parafoils, and unmanned air vehicles. When not engaged in technical activities, Mark enjoys paragliding, playing tennis, throwing pots, and rebuilding vintage Locke lawn mowers.
Seth Burdette is an M.S. student in the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. He earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University in 2015. Seth is engaged in research on autonomous airdrop systems technology. Outside of his studies, Seth enjoys country swing dancing, swimming, flying RC planes and watching college football and basketball.
Martin Cacan is a Ph.D. student in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2013. Martin conducts research on autonomous parafoil control used for smart airdrop systems. He is studying highly adaptive methods of system identification and control for flight scenarios where the system does not behave in accordance to a nominal model. These cases include incorrect rigging/packing, tears in the parafoil canopy, and broken actuator lines which can occur during canopy inflation. Martin's interests outside of the lab include white water kayaking, ultimate frisbee, gardening and home brewing beer.
Matthew Dowling is an M.S. student in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering from Boston, Massachusetts. Matt graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering after writing his thesis on a small-scale autonomous kite capable of harvesting the energy in the wind and converting it to usable mechanical energy. Following his graduation in the fall of 2016, Matt spent the spring and summer semesters designing, installing, and documenting audio animatronics for Walt Disney World. In his spare time, he enjoys playing softball, watching all Boston sports teams, and reading fantasy novels.
Matthew Gross is a PhD student in the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. He earned his B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2012 and his M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2014. His research has been primarily in the stability and control of smart projectile systems focusing on the behavior of nonlinearities present in projectile dynamics. His paper on a new model predictive control based instability protector for a spin stabilized projectile system won the best student paper competition at the 2013 AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference in Boston, MA. Matthew’s other research has been in developing computational improvements to the MultiBoom multibody projectile flight dynamics simulation code and exploring new methods for characterizing the stability of a general projectile. Outside of school, Matthew enjoys playing softball, video games, and watching sports.
Dooroo Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Georgia Tech in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 and 2009. She is a recipient of the 2008 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She conducts research in the dynamic modeling and control of rotorcraft robotic landing gear for shipboard landing, including the design of mechanical locking feet. In her free time, Dooroo enjoys running with her puppy, reading, sewing, and biking.
Benjamin León is an M.S. student in the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech with highest honors in 2015. His research interests include the characterization and design of mechatronic systems for innovative solutions to engineering challenges. During his free time Ben enjoys playing tennis and traveling to unique locations for rock climbing and backpacking.
Takaya Otsuki is an M.S. student in the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. He earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Tohoku University, Japan, in 2015 and is a scholarship recipient of the Nakajima Foundation in 2015. His academic interests include dynamic simulation and experimentation of UAVs used for hazardous zones. He enjoys biking, backpacking and music festivals in his leisure time.
Jacob Wachlin is an M.S. student in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016. His research interests include developing innovative mechatronic systems and applying rigorous theory to solve real world problems. Outside of school he enjoys playing Ice and Roller Hockey, backpacking, and tinkering with personal engineering projects.
Xiaomo "Terry" Zhang is an M.S. student in the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received his B.S. degree from Penn State in Aerospace Engineering in 2014. He graduated with honors from the Penn State Schreyer Honors College. He performs research in the area of simulation of flight dynamics and control system engineering within the Center of Advanced Machine Mobility at Georgia Tech. When he has time, he enjoys sports, such as basketball, soccer, sailing. He is now learning electronic drum set.