Organizing Committee

Ashlee Ford

Ashlee earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma and graduated summa cum laude in May 2005. After graduation, she interned with Valero Energy Corporation as a Process Systems Engineer. She completed her M.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois in 2009 and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with the interdisciplinary Computational Science and Engineering Option working with Prof. Richard Braatz in the Multiscale Systems Research Laboratory. Ashlee is a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow and completed her three-month research practicum at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the Computational Science Center with Dr. James Davenport. Her Ph.D. research focuses on simulating and optimizing polymer microparticle controlled-release drug delivery systems.


Robert D. Gregg received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2006 and the M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2007. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois, under the direction of Mark W. Spong. His main research interest is in the geometric control of complex robotic systems, particularly dynamic walking bipeds in three-dimensional space.


Robert received the O Hugo Schuck Award at the 2009 American Control Conference in St. Louis, MO, and the Best Student Paper Award of the 2008 American Control Conference in Seattle, WA, for his work on reduction-based control and directional dynamic walking. He is a member of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and is the elected graduate student representative of the faculty Senate Executive Committee at the University of Illinois. He has also served on the Organizing Committee of the 2008 Coordinated Science Laboratory Student Conference.


Robert's Website.

David Hoelzle

David graduated from the Ohio State University in 2005 with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. In fall 2005 he enrolled in the University of Illinois to pursue graduate studies. He is currently a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering researching the control of biomaterial manufacturing systems under Prof. Andrew Alleyne and Prof. Amy Wagoner Johnson. While in graduate school he has earned a Masters degree and has completed an international internship at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology.


David's Website.

Miles Johnson

Miles received a B.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University in 2002. He then worked on the Mars Exploration Rover missions as a member of the Pancam Panoramic Camera team. Miles then returned to graduate school at the University of Illinois. He received the M.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 2007, and is currently a PhD Candidate in Aerospace Engineering working under Prof. Tim Bretl in the Robotics and neuro-Mechanical Systems Lab.

Jeremy Kemmerer

Jeremy received his B.S. with honors in Engineering Science from Penn State in 2004. After graduation, Jeremy worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Division in Lexington, MA. Jeremy later worked as a Control Systems Engineering for FLS Automation in Allentown, PA, before returning to graduate school.


Jeremy is currently a student in the MS/PhD program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UIUC working in the Bioacoustics Research Laboratory under Dr. Michael Oelze.


Faculty Advisors

Andrew Alleyne

Timothy Bretl

Sean Meyn

Todd Coleman

Tamer Başar