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Lab Director: Dr. Suman Chakravorty, Professor (Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University)

Email: schakrav[at]tamu[dot]edu

Bio: I completed my B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in Mechanical Engineering, in 1997, and my PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2004. I was an Assistant Professor at A&M from August 2004 – September 2010, and have been in my current position since then. My research focuses on ameliorating the triple curses of NONLINEARITY, DIMENSIONALITY and UNCERTAINTY in estimation and control problems, with applications to Mobile Robotics, Morphing Aircraft and Distributed Parameter Systems. In this website, you will find information about my research group’s work, along with our publications and other news. Thank you for showing interest in our research work and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our research.



Research Interests

  • Stochastic Dynamical Systems
  • Robotic Mapping and Planning
  • Space-based High Resolution Imaging Systems

Awards & Honors

  • Best Paper in conference award at the 2006 AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Breckenridge, CO
  • Several “best paper in session” awards at the American Control Conference (ACC)
  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow (2010, 2011)

Graduate Students:

Mohamed Naveed, Email: naveed[at]tamu[dot]edu

I’m a graduate student pursuing a doctoral degree in the department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M. My primary research work is on Stochastic Optimal Control. Other interests include Distributed State Estimation, Radar reconstruction, and developing robust solutions for indoor autonomy.  I received my bachelor’s in Instrumentation and Control engineering from NIT Trichy, India.  

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/mohamednaveed/

Aayushman Sharma, Email: aayushmansharma[at]tamu[dot]edu

I received my Master’s and Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. Currently working on applying reinforcement learning on distributed parameter systems or systems governed by partial differential equations.

Ishan Paranjape, Email: ishan.paranjape[at]tamu[dot]edu

Howdy! I am pursuing my PhD in Aerospace Engineering. My research broadly involves sensor scheduling and space situational awareness. Additional research interests include stochastic systems and reinforcement learning. I earned my BS in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin (Hook ’em Horns!), where I had the opportunity to conduct research in various aerospace and electrical engineering topics such as remote sensing and system identification. I additionally have two years of experience doing research in digital signal processing and FPGA-based digital system design for optomechanical and interferometric systems. Outside of research, my hobbies include cartography, making puns, and cooking.

Abhijeet, Email: abhinir[at]tamu[dot]edu

I am a PhD student at Texas A&M University. I did my Bachelors and Masters in
Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. My research area
includes optimal control theory and space situational awareness. Beside my research,
my hobby are running and cooking.

Ajay Ganesan Iyer, Email: ajayiyer2397[at]tamu[dot]edu

I am currently enrolled in a doctoral degree program in the Aerospace Engineering department at Texas A&M University. My ongoing research focuses on optimal control of dynamical systems.
Additionally, my areas of interests are estimation, motion planning, and computer vision. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Instrumentation and Control from NIT Trichy, India, and completed my master’s in Systems and Control at IIT-Roorkee, India.

Undergraduate Students:

Tarun Hejmadi, Email: tarunhejmadi[at]tamu[dot]edu

I am a senior undergraduate here at A&M in the Aerospace Engineering department. Currently, my research focuses on optimized sensor tasking with applications in Space Domain Awareness. Other topics of interest include astrodynamics, estimation theory, and satellite attitude dynamics and control.

Past Members:

Dr. Utkarsh Ranjan Mishra, (Ph.D. December 2022)

Astrodynamics Engineer at LeoLabs, Inc.

Worked on space situational awareness, expert in estimation theory especially multi-target tracking algorithms, astrodynamics and orbital mechanics.

Dr. Ran Wang, (Ph.D. August 2022)

Research Scientist at Rockwell Automation.

My primary research direction is to develop a systematic optimal control method for nonlinear complex robotic models in a data-based fashion. I am also interested in the application of tensegrity structures.

Kartik Prakash, (M.S. December 2020)

Robotics Engineer at Corvus Robotics.

Dr. Dilshad Raihan, (Ph.D. May 2019)

Data Scientist at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Karthikeya Parunandi, (M.S. December 2019)

Senior Software Engineer at Cruise.

Dr.Saurav Agarwal (Ph.D. December 2017)

Currently the Co-Founder, CTO & COO of SIERA.AI.

Dr.Mohammadhussein Rafieisakhaei (Ph.D. December 2017)

Senior Robotics Motion Planning Engineer at Plus.

Dr.Weston Faber (Ph.D. Januray 2018)

Research Scientist at L3 Applied Defense Solutions.

Dr.Dan Yu (Ph.D. December 2016)

Dan Yu received the B.S. degree in automation from the Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, in 2010, and the Ph.D. degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA, in 2016.
She is currently an Assistant Professor with the College of Astronautics, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China. Her research interests include distributed systems and robotics.

Amirhossein Tamjidi (M.S May 2017)

Software engineer at Zoox. 


Dr. Ali-akbar Agha-mohammadi (Ph.D. October 2013)

Aug 2016 – Present: Robotics Technologist at NASA JPL.

Jan 2015 – Aug 2016: Staff Engineer, Qualcomm Research, San Diego

Oct 2013 – Dec 2014: Post-Doctoral researcher at the MIT LIDS.

Web: http://www.mit.edu/~aliagha/


Dr. Mrinal Kumar (Ph.D. December 2009)

Associate Professor at Ohio State University (Mechanical and Aerospace)

and Chief Technology Officer at PointPro, Inc.

2010-2016: Assistant Professor at U. Florida, Gainesville

Web: https://mae.osu.edu/people/kumar.672


Dr. Roshmik Saha (Ph.D. August 2011)

Founding Engineer and Global Head of Engineering at Skyflow.


Dr. Sandip Kumar (Ph.D. December 2011)

Team Lead & Principal Engineer, Robotics System Software Engineer in Test at MathWorks


Dr. Jaime Ramirez (M.S. 2006)

Principal Research Engineer – Scientific Systems

Ph.D. from MIT.

Josh Davis (graduated 2006, now at Bell Helicopters, Dallas)

Undergraduate Researchers:

Mathew Skolaut (Jan 2017 – Jan 2018)

Currently an undergraduate student in Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Visiting Students:


Vikram Shree (June – July 2016)

Currently a graduate student (Ph.D.) at Cornell. B.Tech Aerospace Engineering IIT Kanpur. Visited TAMU as part of TAMU-IITK exchange program.

Namrata Gupta (June – July 2014)

Currently employed at Eaton Technologies Pvt. Ltd. in India. Visited TAMU as part of TAMU-IITK exchange program.

Ajinkya Jain (June – July 2013)

Currently a graduate student (Ph.D.) at University of Texas at Austin. Visited TAMU as part of TAMU-IITK exchange program.