I am pleased to announce that I have accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Biomechanical Engineering Department of the Mechanical, Maritime, and Materials Engineering (3mE) Faculty at Delft University of Technology where I will join the Biomechatronics & Human-Machine Control group. At TU Delft I will be leading a research laboratory and effort focusing on bicycle engineering and related technologies. I will be teaching courses in dynamics, multibody dynamics, and computational engineering to compliment this effort and support the students in the department and faculty.
So, this means that the Laboratorium for Marvelous Mechanical Motum will be moving with me to the Netherlands. Over the next few years the lab will be reimagined as it merges with the existing TU Delft Bicycle Dynamics Lab. The primary initial topics of research will be:
- Data driven vehicle and biomechanical modeling of the bicycle-rider system
- Data driven manual control characterization and identification in bicycle balance and navigation
- Design and augmented/autonomous control for improvements in bicycling safety and handling
- Development of the next generation of bicycle designs for improvements to transportation
- Application of vehicle dynamics to influence transportation infrastructure design
- Performance and safety improvements in the sport of cycling
These are described more in the research statement I developed for my application and presented in the slides from the job talk below:
I start the new position on August 1st, 2020; so look for changes and new announcements as I ramp up activity. I'll soon be looking for TU Delft MSc students for various projects and will be reaching out to researchers, companies, and organizations in Europe to develop new collaborations. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in working with me and the new lab.
I am going to miss UC Davis. I've been here for the vast majority of the last 15 years and have learned so much from the faculty, students, and colleagues. It is a bittersweet departure, but an exciting new adventure awaits!